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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.

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January 2019

This is a first-hand look at what Office 365 is. Users will learn how to log in and navigate the dashboard (online environment) as well as learn terminology and various tools associated with Office 365. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Have you heard about the i>Clicker classroom response system being used and unsure whether it’s worthwhile to include in your course? Already planning to use i>Clicker but need guidance or recommendations? Join us learn how from two perspectives: USC’s i>Clicker representative on how to incorporate i>Clickers and i>Clicker REEF Polling enabled mobile devices into your classroom, and an instructor at USC who uses the Blackboard-compatible i>Clickers to improve her large face-to-face course and solve problems common to a large lecture setting. Participants will be guided through the steps to set up the system, learn trouble-shooting techniques and recommendations, and participate in a demonstration of ways the tool can be used most effectively. Come discover how this educational technology can enhance your classroom methods and lead to better student learning!  Register

Did you know that Office 365 is a one-stop solution for educators and students to manage learning and increase productivity? Join us to learn how Office 365’s tools for organizing, presenting, and collaborating can help everyone achieve more. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

This workshop is a thorough overview of Blackboard's capabilities. Learn how to log-in, add course content, create announcements and send email. Explore online course design, the discussion board, see how to set up groups and use the Grade Center. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Are you currently teaching in a face-to-face class? Are you interested in learning how you can change the delivery format to teach online here at USC? In this informational workshop, you’ll learn the processes you’ll go through to teach your course online for the first time—from official format change to planning and development to teaching in Blackboard! The great news is that you’re not in this alone—you’ll also learn about the support services available to you as a faculty member as you convert your course for online delivery. So join us to learn more and take the next step!  Register

Having an alternative resource to use for classroom teaching and presentation can be very valuable and convenient. In this workshop you'll learn how to show content on your cellphone for classroom teaching and presentation. The use of cellphones for opening Microsoft Office products, playing YouTube videos, and displaying Blackboard content will be demonstrated .

The process of installing and using Microsoft Office apps on your cellphone as well as installing and setting up the online cloud storage app called OneDrive will also be demonstrated. OneDrive gives all USC faculty, staff and students 5TB of online storage space. OneDrive is important as it is one of the easiest ways to access instructional content on your cellphone for classroom presentations.

You'll be shown ways to connect a cellphone to a projector wirelessly using the most consistent and easiest method that should work in classrooms having computer projector resources. This information also applies to students who might have to make a Powerpoint presentation as an assignment. Interfacing typical computer related devices to your cellphone will also be discussed and demonstrated.  Register

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

An instructor can often make small changes to his or her documents and presentations to make them more inclusive and accessible by all students. Bring your own mobile device for this hands-on session to learn best practices to make your course materials more usable by all students.  Register

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

April 2019

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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

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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

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