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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.

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February 2019

The goal for this session is to foster a conversation about creative ways to enhance online courses. In an effort to keep students engaged with the instructor and with the course material, Arment Shaomian has developed a series of mini-lectures, which condensed key lecture topics and core ideas into a short (10-15 minute) digestible and entertaining vignette. Through creating lecture videos and uploading them to YouTube®, students have reported feeling more engaged with the class. This teaching method has generated some of the highest positive responses from student evaluations. The flexible nature of distributed learning, especially when students may be studying abroad or working at internships, is complemented by short, entertaining clips that provide the often-lacking personal communication and give the students a touchstone for key information they need to take away from each module.  Register

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.

The Grade Center is more than just a way to record students' grades. It is a dynamic and interactive tool, allowing instructors to record data, calculate grades and monitor student progress.  In the Grade Center, instructors can provide and manage students' grades for a variety of assessments, including assignments, tests, discussion board posts, journals, blogs, and wikis. Faculty can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements that require grading but do not require submission through Blackboard, such as special projects, presentation, participation or attendance. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Are you aware of the data collection, privacy policies, and security risks of the technologies you are using in the classroom? This workshop will examine common privacy and data concerns, and how participants can inform themselves and their students of the risks.  Register

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

Learn to create tests and surveys, to use pools of questions while creating these items, and to modify the deployment rules for individuals or groups of students. See a demonstration of Respondus Lockdown Browser and discuss how it can be used to lock down the testing environment so students are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Using the OneNote Class Notebook, you can make every learning experience personal. Learn how you can set up areas for group collaboration activities that encourage peer support and interaction. Then, scaffold individual learning with student notebooks viewable only by the teacher and the student. Track goals, manage student progress, and provide support, feedback, and encouragement from one simplified location. Let OneNote help you personalize your classroom experience. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

In this session we will introduce Microsoft Teams. Participants will understand the process to request a Team to be created and learn the different types of Teams. You will leave this session with a visualization of how Teams can work for you. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

OneDrive for Business is a part of USC’s Office 365 enterprise subscription. In this session participants will learn what OneDrive is, how to access it, and best practices to help users work more efficiently anytime, anywhere, on any device. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Wondering why you can't seem to reach all of your students? Finding it difficult to engage a diverse set of learners in your online or hybrid courses? Research shows that many common educational and social practices reinforce inequities and work against the success of students from underrepresented groups. Let's unpack why this might happen and work together to develop solutions to engage all learners in our courses - with a particular focus on online instruction.  Register

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion. 

March 2019

Learn how to post assignments, load files, receive student input and files, organize information and grade assignments using the Assignment Manager. Discover how to check for plagiarism using SafeAssign. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Hear from a panel of women leaders who work in various areas of information technology across the university. Listen as they discuss their careers, challenges they faced, how they found success in a male-dominated career field, and how they maintain their seats at the leadership table. These engaging women will answer questions, offer encouragement, and inspire women from any career field, not just IT.  Register

Learn about the collaboration tools available through Blackboard. In addition to encouraging class communication and collaboration, these tools can allow students to share information in creative ways. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Are you ready to explore what PowerPoint can do beyond the basic slides and templates? This workshop will show participants how to include audio and video, customize templates, use animation, and create videos. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Are you looking for ways to make your formative and summative assessments more effective? Join us to learn how to use Office 365 tools, including Forms, PowerPoint, OneNote and Sway, to create authentic assessments from the beginning to the end of a unit. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

The Educational Technology Showcase is an exciting new forum spotlighting the latest in higher education technology used for teaching and learning. USC faculty and other experts from around the country give presentations on how they are creatively using educational technology in and beyond their classrooms to improve student learning. On Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Russell House, you'll have the opportunitty to visit with industry partners who provide and support USC’s instructional technologies, hear about the latest technologies in the field during sponsor presentations and participate in hands-on demonstrations throughout the day.

We invite you to come and network with others interested in exploring educational technologies. There are no registration fees, and continental breakfast and lunch are included.  Register

April 2019

When students are given the opportunity to express themselves, they need creative options and a variety of formats available to meet their needs. See how AI supports the student's content through design using a tool like Sway to allow students to share professionally designed work without wasting time and energy on executive tasks. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

As you prepare for a new semester, don’t let Blackboard get the best of you! Let us show you some tips and tricks to help you get off on the right foot. We will also cover best practices for using Blackboard as a teaching tool, who to contact for help, and how to access our Knowledge Base. Workshop participants are welcome to bring a computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during this workshop.  Register

A cybersecurity expert shares his Top 7 Security tips. In this hands-on session, you will learn exactly what you can do to better protect yourself online. Bring your laptop or phone! We will walk through easy, yet powerful steps to stop hackers in their tracks.  Register

Come and learn how to find answers to your technology questions, how to request something, or how to report something that is not working by using the DoIT Service Portal at sc.edu/ithelp. Workshop participants are welcome to bring a computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during this workshop.  Register

May 2019

Once upon a time, there were limited ways to communicate. Professionals used telephone, memos, and fax messages. Things have certainly changed. Now, there are so many communication channels it’s difficult to know which is more effective for various audiences. Come hear about a few communication methods that have gained popularity, when to use them, and how to analyze your audience to determine the best channel to use.  Register