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Center for Teaching Excellence

Student Online Course

Distributed Learning/Technology

CTE sponsors workshops, seminars, and other events that allow participants to explore a broad range of topics important to the development of high-quality distributed learning courses.

Click on the "+" sign next to each event to see description.

January 2018

The Virtual Reality Interest Group is planning ways to bring virtual reality and augmented reality into teaching and learning environments at USC.  We will meet twice a month on different days of the week so more can participate.  The agenda for the January 18thmeeting is as follows:

  1. Steps in establishing a space for experimenting with VR
  2. Selection of a platform to use for VR experiments
  3. Discussion of specific courses that can be taught experimentally with VR
  4. Tentative agenda for a VR training week in June
  5. Best way to share literature, links, etc. so we can have a common knowledge base

Join us to help make a virtual environment a reality.  Register

The Darla Moore School of Business (DMSB) is recognized globally as a top tier business school. Recently, DMSB implemented a challenging Undergraduate Excellence Initiative in which the level of rigor and relevance in course offerings is being greatly enhanced. Growth in the student population at DMSB is occurring in tandem with the need to provide more coverage of relevant subject matter given today’s dynamic, highly competitive global business environment. At the same time, demonstrated proficiency with advanced technologies is an imperative for success in today’s competitive business context. MGMT 371 –Principles of Management is the first step in the students’ journey through DMSB; as such, this Principles of Management course must set the standard with regard to the level of rigor, relevance and engagement required for DMSB students. This presentation will reveal how adaptive learning technology is being employed in a large online section of MGMT 371 to increase student engagement, improve mastery of content and significantly transform the learning environment.  Register

This session is an introduction to Blackboard. Participants will learn how to log in, add course content, create assignments, add announcements, send email, and basic Grade Center management. Perfect for those new to Blackboard or a great refresher for users with any level of experience. Register

In this workshop, we will look at lecture in two different ways: as something to be avoided and something to be utilized. We will discuss research on lectures, active learning techniques, and alternatives to lecture in both the online and face-to-face classrooms. We will then discuss the best ways to utilize lecture as a content delivery method and ways to incorporate active learning into the lecture itself.  Register

February 2018

Hands-on experimentation is an important (and fun) part of introductory undergraduate-level science courses, typically counting for one credit hour in a four-hour course. How can instructors effectively teach this component online? This session will discuss strategies for converting a traditional science lecture and lab into a successful online course - complete with the hands-on experience.  Register

How do we engage students in online courses and move them beyond simply reading, viewing lectures, and taking multiple-choice tests? Come to this workshop to learn how to design online activities and assessments to motivate students and help them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. You will see examples of effective learning activities and evidence of goal attainment. There will be opportunities for discussion and brainstorming with colleagues.  Register

What is the most effective way of engaging online students? As online instructors, we use discussion forums, chat, responses, blogs, group activities, debate formats, labs and other means of engaging students in online classes. But what is most effective for different learning environments and circumstances? What do students expect and get out of the different engagements tools and methods? Dick will reflect on the different tools and methods he has used in his online classes. He will share what worked and didn't and how he adjusts to meet the students' learning needs. Participants will share and reflect on what they find effective for their classes.  Register

Looking for some great tools for your face to face, distance, or hybrid instruction? This is the session for you! Heather Moorefield-Lang from the School of Library and Information Science will take you through favorite digital tools and apps for instruction, organization and classroom collaboration. Bring your technology for hands-on interaction, bring your own favorite digital tools and applications to further the discussion.  Register

March 2018

Have you considered flipping your classroom? Are you unsure of how this technique compares to the traditional classroom? Nina Moreno will discuss her experience flipping the traditional format of the beginner Spanish courses of the Spanish curriculum from the perspectives of an instructor, an administrator, and a researcher. We will also discuss a few concrete ways that you can start to flip elements of your class now.  Register

Learn to create tests with and without pools of questions, and to modify the deployment rules for individuals or groups of students. See a live demonstration of the test creation and deployment process. Whether or not you've used Blackboard to give tests before, this course will help you to understand the tool and the many options you have for creating and managing tests online.  Register

Are you ready to move forward on the road to meeting all students’ needs? Learn how you can use the principles of Universal Design for Learning (providing all individuals an equal opportunity to learn) to make your course welcoming and usable for all of your students.  Register

Interested in teaching online but aren't certain what you need to do or what the steps are to create an online course? The Instructional Design Team at the Center for Teaching Excellence is here to support you throughout the process-from online delivery approval to teaching online. In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • The university process to convert a class from face-to-face to online delivery
  • Basic steps of creating a high quality online course, and
  • University offices available to support faculty who teach online

We'll also answer any question you have about teaching online at UofSC. At the end of the workshop, we'll also be glad to set up individual consultations with you to help you take the next step.  Register

In this session, participants will learn how to use the Blackboard Grade Center to their advantage and manage grades more efficiently. Creating and managing categories, weighting grades, dropping grades, downloading grades to work offline and using Smart Views are some of the topics to be covered. We welcome users with any level of experience, but this course is designed for instructors or graders who are already comfortable with Grade Center basics.  Register

April 2018


Use streaming film, articles, book chapters and more from the library in your classes. Not only do we have resources, we also have services! Don't want to find the suitable links yourself? The library can put the links and scanned items directly into Blackboard.

Copyright questions? No problem. We're happy to help with copyright information. Curious about open educational resources or making your class textbook cost-free for your students? Our librarians can review your syllabus and suggest open educational and library resources for your class, or even help you find materials for teaching during your course development phase.  Register