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Flipped Classroom

Active and Flipped Learning

Research indicates that well-designed flipped and active learning courses may have significant advantages over traditional lecture-based courses. The Center for Teaching Excellences offers workshops and events designed to help you move your students to higher levels of learning through flipped and active learning course development.

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January 2018

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

Do you see untapped leadership potential in some of your students? Have you considered that a spark in the classroom may ultimately lead to a students' deeper engagement in learning from research, internships, or other beyond the classroom experiences? While students often make their own choices regarding their beyond the classroom engagement (e.g., research, internships, study abroad), faculty can provide the necessary connection between these experiences and student's major and professional goals. This is especially true as we encourage students to take advantage of all of the opportunities at a major public research university. This session will share our experience in supporting students' professional and leadership development through mentorship and engagement in research, professional practice, and study abroad. We also invite participants to share their experiences and discuss how we can support achieving students' goals.  Register

February 2018

This workshop provides business educators who teach retailing, entrepreneurship, business and services courses with an innovative way to encourage students to engage in problem-based learning solving by incorporating reality television into their curricula. Dr. Rosenbaum explores the reality television genre from several theoretical perspectives to lend support to the conclusion that reality programs easily captivate their audiences by stimulating self-involvement. Dr. Rosenbaum presents an assignment based on B. S. Bloom's (1956) revised taxonomy that educators can employ when incorporating reality programming into their courses. He also provides data to demonstrate direct and indirect measures of learning outcomes associated with reality programming in business curricula.  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

Active learning instructional strategies engage students in teamwork through application and evaluation, foster professional soft skills and problem-solving experiences and improve discipline-specific competencies. Taught incrementally, teamwork is an accessible context for students to encounter a variety of topics and assignments.

How does all of this actually work in the classroom? A series of assignments appealing to a range of learning styles and strengths moves student teams ahead in course benchmarks and team development, and students actively create and evaluate their interactions, contributions, and goals, increasing the likelihood of productive knowledge transfer and fortifying their time management, communication, leadership, and conflict resolution skill sets. Lindsay McManus will share experiences with active learning deliverables that support characteristics of successful team participation and product.  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

April 2018


Learn how to design and integrate student work and assignments that are relevant and applicable to professional practice. In this workshop, Associate Professor Lucy Green from the School of Library and Information Science, will take you through practical instructional design strategies for developing course work that not only helps you evaluate student growth, but results in projects that students can immediately integrate into their own professional lives.  Register

We know that active learning can give students a richer learning experience compared to traditional lecture-based college courses. But who are today's undergraduate students, and how can we engage them meaningfully in our face-to-face courses? Join us for this zesty workshop in which we delve into the mindset of Generation Z, and learn how to apply active learning techniques to facilitate better learning.  Register