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In order for attendees to personally track their current registrations and attendance at CTE workshops and events, CTE now requires that registrants create an account in our registration system and login to register.  If you have an existing training account with the Division of Human Resources, Office of Organizational and Professional Development, you do not need to create an account. You can login using your HR training username and password. By logging in to register for CTE events, your complete record for both CTE and HR trainings will be available in a single location with a single account and login. 

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May 2020

Join this virtual drop-in session to ask questions about teaching online.  Register

During this session we will examine three tools for collaboration available in the Blackboard course management system: discussion boards, wikis, and Bb Collaborate Ultra. These easy-to-use tools enable synchronous and asynchronous discussions, collaborative projects and presentations, interactive sing-up sheets and can be used with large and small groups to create engaging learning experiences for students at a distance. Examples of student projects created with these tools, as well as student feedback, will be provided and discussed. Please join us for this interactive session in Bb Collaborate Ultra to examine and test Blackboard’s collaborative tools.  Register

Ever wonder what students are truly learning through their research experience? We know that research is a well-established high-impact educational practice for undergraduate students. But how does that experience impact each individual student?

This workshop will focus on how to support student reflection at appropriate and meaningful points in their experience. It will introduce the three domains of learning and their application to student reflection at each stage of the Seven Ps of Research. Participants will practice reflection in-action during the workshop and reflection on-action after the workshop.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Integrative and Experiential Learning. Register

In this workshop, participants will learn about delivering asynchronous online courses. Participants will learn the importance of starting the semester strong with a detailed syllabus and clear instructions. Participants will also learn best practices for student engagement including tips on how to create effective group discussions forums.  Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for collaboration in an online course.  Register

Student learning is ‘assessed’ in its most basic form via grades. But grades should only be the end result of a series of measures, or assessments, implemented by instructors to fully evaluate what students are actually learning and understanding. Depending on the assessment method used, instructors can measure “in the moment” a student’s level of comprehension (relative to Bloom’s Taxonomy), critical thinking, skill development, and achievement of learning outcomes. Not only do good assessments help students learn in tandem with instruction, they also engage students directly with the material and provide feedback to the instructor as to quality of instruction so that corrections can be made as needed.

Assessment types will certainly vary depending on the content, course structure and size, delivery modality, and individual instructor. This session will highlight the breadth and scope of assessment methods, both formal and informal, and best practices for implementation whether in small or large classes, online or face-to-face. Practice examples will be shown to illustrate the value of different assessment types that effectively and objectively measure achievement of different kinds of learning outcomes.  Register

Small changes in the classroom can have significant impact on student learning. Workshop participants will be introduced to high-impact practices (Kuh, 2008), or HIPs, that help students advance discipline-spanning knowledge and develop transferable skills. Having students reflect on their learning is at the core of successful implementation of such practices.

Utilizing integrative learning principles, the presenters will share examples of HIPs from different disciplines and identify classroom assessment techniques (CATs) that can be applied across a variety of academic settings. Participants will have opportunities to practice reflection and integrative learning while designing assignments and appropriate assessment methods for their classroom.

Kuh, G.D. (2008). High-impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities. 

This workshop counts as a requirement towards the Integrative and Experiential Learning certificateRegister

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for effective communication with students in an online course.  Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for engaging students in courses that are livestreamed.  Register

We are living at a time like no other. Most of us have no experience living during a pandemic, and it has upended every aspect of our lives. As we help students navigate virtual learning and whatever the fall semester brings, our skills of compassion and empathy will be put to the test. During this workshop, we will explore empathy, how to provide empathic responses and how to maintain meaningful connection during a pandemic.  Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to ask questions about teaching online.  Register

This webinar will outline best practices that can be used to facilitate virtual live class meetings and strategies used to run an effective virtual live class meeting to actively engage students. The workshop will guide participants through thinking and rethinking practices related to planning, engagement and feedback in the synchronous classroom. Participants will use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra break out rooms, the chat function, engage in polls, and consider other tools that can be used to facilitate live class meetings.  Register

Teaching online has become a new platform for many faculty members. Engaging students using this new platform can be challenging. One way faculty members can engage students while teaching online is by using a form of Mixed Reality. This webinar will look at the differences between Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and 360° videos to learn more about these new teaching platforms. Learn some tips and best practices to implement this technology into the online classroom or have information for future in-person classes.  Register

June 2020

Teaching large courses can present some real challenges for faculty. This is especially true in the online learning environment, where we don’t have the benefit of meeting with students face to face. Make plans to join your colleagues for this interactive workshop as we explore best practices for teaching large distributed learning courses.   Register

Are you interested in teaching online courses? In this workshop, participants will learn about the design, development, and delivery of online courses. As we walk through the 3Ds: Design, Development, and Delivery, participants will be introduced to best practices for online teaching in preparation for modifying a current face-to-face course for online delivery or creating a new online course. Participants will also learn about technology and instructional design support available to all who teach at UofSC.   Register

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of experiential learning for students – how it increases student satisfaction and success, and helps them put complex concepts in a real-world context and deepens understanding. You may also be aware that UofSC promotes experiential learning opportunities through engagement in community service, peer leadership, research, study abroad, and professional engagement such as internships. But how might that translate into an online course?

This special workshop explores how faculty can incorporate meaningful experiential learning activities into online courses to provide rich learning opportunities for students. Whether you’re new to online learning or a seasoned pro, join us as we share ideas and best practices in making the most of online learning!

This workshop counts as an elective toward the Integrative and Experiential Learning certificate.   Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for creating an accessible online course.   Register

Have you started thinking about your fall course, planning your syllabus, and have ideas but don't know where to start? Are you feeling mired down in syllabus details, missing the forest for the trees, or feeling like you're missing a prime opportunity to rethink and revise important components? You're not alone - and we're here to help! Join other faculty in this two-part webinar series to help you get started or get past your 'stuck points'.

Part 1, 'Review, Revise, Realign (the Learning Outcomes, Assessments, and Activities)', will take you from an initial reviewing of your current course learning outcomes into a discussion of how to ensure they align appropriately with assessments for in-person or online courses. What assessments will work better in different types of learning environments, and what should you reconsider? How will this work with certain class sizes or scenarios? This will be followed by reviewing, revising, and/or redeveloping the associated student activities, both for within and outside-of-class settings.  Register

Join us for a three-part series of webinars in which you will learn the three Ds of online course instruction: Design, Develop, and Deliver. Whether you're a veteran or new to online teaching, you'll be glad you took an hour to learn the key elements of developing a successful DL course at UofSC.

In the first interactive session, we'll cover how to Design your online course for maximum student learning. With an emphasis on planning your course, this webinar will help you draft an effective syllabus and create measurable learning objectives using Bloom's Taxonomy action verbs. We will also be discussing the key principles for good instruction that lay the foundation for making your online course active, cooperative and relevant.   Register

Diversity, in many dimensions, creates opportunities in a mentoring relationship, but diversity can also be a source of challenges for mentors and mentees. Learning to identify, reflect upon, learn from, and engage with people who are different from ourselves is essential for fostering an effective mentoring relationship and a broader intellectual community.

This workshop will help you increase your own understanding of the role of diversity on mentor/mentee interactions, recognize the impact of conscious and unconscious preconceptions, biases, and prejudices, and identify concrete strategies for addressing issues of equity and inclusion.  Register

Have you started thinking about your fall course, planning your syllabus, and have ideas but don't know where to start? Are you feeling mired down in syllabus details, missing the forest for the trees, or feeling like you're missing a prime opportunity to rethink and revise important components? You're not alone - and we're here to help! Join other faculty in this two-part webinar series to help you get started or get past your 'stuck points'.

Part 2, 'Planning, Particulars, Production (of the Schedule, Policies, and Other Important Aspects)' involves the bigger picture planning stage - how can those assessments and activities fit together, or be organized into a cohesive series of modules, as part of a larger whole? What works, and what won't, with respect to in-person, synchronous, or asynchronous learning? What facets need to be considered for the activities and assessments (grading, time management), and what other particulars (course policies, attendance, etc.) should be included or revised?  Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for effective communication with students in an online course.   Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for engaging students in courses that are livestreamed.  Register

Join us for the second session in a new three-part webinar series in which you will learn the three Ds of online course instruction: Design, Develop, and Deliver. This webinar covers how to Develop online course materials. You'll learn the “nuts and bolts” of developing a high quality online course, including how to choose print and video materials, using rubrics to simplify grading, how to best present course information and materials in Blackboard, and techniques for making your online course usable for all students.  Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to ask questions about teaching online.  Register

Clearly articulating classroom expectations helps to set the foundation for a mutually beneficial course. Research shows that persistence and retention is connected to student's sense of belonging. Furthermore, students who engage in quality interactions with faculty are retained at a higher rate (Astin 1977, 1993).

As a faculty member, it is important to assist in developing this sense of belonging and aid in students persistence and retention. This session will cover pedagogical strategies and ways to negotiate positive norms within your classroom to assist you in developing a meaningful academic environment.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.   Register

As the university shifts to remote teaching, it is important to create and maintain an online environment of integrity. Faculty, administrators, and students all play a role in maintaining an ethical campus community. This webinar will explore trends in the online classroom, and tools and best practices to promote academic integrity in the creation and implementation of final assessments. 

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.   Register

Mentors play an important role in both teaching and modeling ethical behavior. There are ethical issues centering on the research itself – how to conduct, report, and writeup research – as well as relationships between mentors and mentees. Most relationships in academia establish a power dynamic, and it is a mentor’s responsibility to learn how to manage their power. Reflecting upon and discussing ethical behavior is an important part of becoming an effective mentor.  Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for collaboration in an online course.  Register

Be sure to participate in the final session in a new three-part webinar series in which you will learn the 3Ds of online course instruction: Design, Develop and Deliver.

This webinar covers how to Deliver your online course for maximum impact. Log on to learn how to build rapport with students, foster a community of learners, provide meaningful feedback and prompt students toward thoughtful reflection on their learning experiences.  Register

In this session we will discuss the academic misconduct trends we are seeing online and in person with our students. Additionally, we will discuss how to identify and address these common violations while maintaining a productive instructor/student relationship. Lastly, we will discuss how to report a concern of academic misconduct and ways to address the concern with your students(s). 

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning EnvironmentsRegister

In this session we will discuss the academic misconduct trends we are seeing online and in person with our students. Additionally, we will discuss how to identify and address these common violations while maintaining a productive instructor/student relationship. Lastly, we will discuss how to report a concern of academic misconduct and ways to address the concern with your students(s).

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning EnvironmentsRegister

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for creating an accessible online course.   Register

Teaching large courses can present some real challenges for faculty. This is especially true in the online learning environment, where we don’t have the benefit of meeting with students face to face. Make plans to join your colleagues for this interactive workshop as we explore best practices for teaching large distributed learning courses.   Register

July 2020

Join this virtual drop-in session to ask questions about teaching online.  Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for effective communication with students in an online course.   Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for engaging students in courses that are livestreamed.  Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for collaboration in an online course.  Register

Determining whether mentees understand core concepts about the research they are doing is critical to a productive mentoring relationship, but it is surprisingly difficult to do. Developing strategies to assess how well mentees understand the purpose of their research, the principles underpinning their research and experimental techniques, and the context of their work is an important part of becoming an effective mentor. Moreover, it is important for mentors to be able to identify causes for confusion among mentees and strategies to address misunderstandings.  Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to ask questions about teaching online.  Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for creating an accessible online course.   Register

Teaching large courses can present some real challenges for faculty. This is especially true in the online learning environment, where we don’t have the benefit of meeting with students face to face. Make plans to join your colleagues for this interactive workshop as we explore best practices for teaching large distributed learning courses.   Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for effective communication with students in an online course.   Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to discuss tips for engaging students in courses that are livestreamed.  Register

Reflecting upon your mentoring relationships is a vital part of becoming a more effective mentor. This is especially important immediately following a mentor-mentee training sequence like Entering Mentoring as it allows you to consider how to implement changes in your mentoring practice based on the training you have received. The ability and practice of reflecting on your mentoring at regular intervals is strongly encouraged.  Register

Join this virtual drop-in session to ask questions about teaching online.  Register


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