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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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August 2019

This session will provide an overview of best practices for creating an online lecture with closed captioning to meet course accessibility needs. The presenters will first discuss online lecture recording options on campus, including the Office of Distributed Learning’s course production studios that are available to faculty and instructors. Next, they will present best practices to create an effective and engaging lecture video. Then, the presenters will direct participants to and demonstrate the resources available for creating closed captioning for lecture and other videos to ensure the content is accessible to all students. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to add closed captioning to a video for their course with the assistance of the presenters (participants must bring the video files or be able to access them at the workshop).  Register

With a few simple adjustments, your Microsoft Word and PowerPoint course materials can better fit the universal design concept. These best practices can help you and, most importantly, your students access, navigate, and understand your class content. Start here to lead towards habits of developing inclusive material for all of your students. Handouts and valuable links to additional resources will be provided. Bring your devices for a hands-on training experience! 

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

September 2019

Is the idea of planning your online course daunting to you? Are you an experienced online instructor who wants some new techniques? Are you unfamiliar with online courses and want to get a sense of what all the fuss is about? In this workshop, you will be introduced to online teaching and prepare to implement and teach online courses. You will be guided through the 3 phases of online course design, Design, Development, and Delivery. You will learn about how online teaching differs from face-to-face and the major phases of online course design. By the end of the workshop, you will design online learning activities and student interactions, create a plan for online course delivery, and have the opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one follow-up with an instructional designer.  Register

In this session, we will discuss common productivity roadblocks and how to overcome them with a simple system called Personal Kanban. We will further show you how to setup your Kanban board in OneNote so that you can access it anytime, anywhere, from any device. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device.  Register

October 2019

Join the discussion on best practices, challenges and strategies for technology integration in an educational setting. Panelist from various departments at UofSC will share some insights and resources into educational technology in higher education. 

Panelist (Listed in alphabetical order):

  • Christina Allen, Center for Teaching Excellence Graduate Student, Virtual Environments
  • Ismahan Arslan-Ari, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, College of Education, Educational Technology
  • Trena Houp, Associate Director, Office of Distributed Learning
  • Mike Kelly, Chief Data Officer and Executive Director of Teaching & Learning Technologies, Division of Information Technology
  • Yvette Newton Sands, Instructor, College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management   Register

All USC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to participate in the tenth annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Russel House University Union.  Join colleagues from across USC campuses for this free one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching.

The Oktoberbest schedule has a wide variety of workshops on topics ranging from active learning and online course development to critical thinking and integrative learning. The event will include:

  • Breakfast with our keynote speaker
  • Choice of Concurrent Sessions presented by your colleagues at USC
  • Closing reception featuring door prizes and traditional Oktoberfest fare

Oktoberbest is free to all who teach or support teaching at USC, but is not open to the general public.  Register

This session will share how technology and AI can be used to remove the administrative burden of online discussion, provide real-time student coaching and support learning outcomes in blended and online learning programs

Dr. Kathleen West of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte conducted research to analyze the impact of integrating Packback across her online courses. Through this workshop, we will share her findings while demonstrating how the Packback method of discussion can be integrated into your instruction to lessen administrative burden and increase students' content mastery.

Dr. West found that students using Packback's discussion method had higher participation and better scores on written exams than students who were using LMS discussion or answering a weekly writing prompt.

Through this session, professors will:

  1. Understand how artificial intelligence can improve students' critical thinking and communication skills
  2. Discuss the findings of Dr. Kathleen West's study comparing three different discussion methods and its impact on her students
  3. Learn how Packback can be integrated into a course to save time in
    administering and grading writing assignments  Register

November 2019

Have questions? Let us help! Bring your Blackboard and e-learning questions and participate in this informative chat with the experts.  Register

This session will provide an overview of the online test proctoring services provided by ProctorU. Participants will learn the advantages of using and how to use ProctorU.   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 earn about technology and instructional design support available to all who teach at UofSC. Please bring a copy of your face-to-face syllabus and schedule along with a laptop for hands-on activities. If you are creating a new online course, please bring whatever you have for the course.  Register

With a few simple adjustments, your Microsoft Word and PowerPoint course materials can better fit the universal design concept. These best practices can help you and, most importantly, your students access, navigate, and understand your class content. Start here to lead towards habits of developing inclusive material for all of your students. Handouts and valuable links to additional resources will be provided. Bring your devices for a hands-on training experience!

This workshop is a required workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.    Register

In a world where updates to apps, software, and hardware are changing constantly, how do we decide when we actually need a new piece of technology? Are we incorporating technology just for the sake of using it, or is it being used to assist and meet our needs? This workshop will discuss some methods and steps that can be used to select what technology best fit your needs.   Register


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