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Events Calendar

Throughout the year, the CTE hosts events catered to USC Faculty and Staff. Our events allow participants to explore a broad range of topics important to both novice and veteran college teachers. Most workshops are facilitated by veteran faculty from USC and are designed to be highly interactive.

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


August 2018

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 for a brown bag lunch and see how an instructor at USC uses the Blackboard-compatible i>Clickers and i>Clicker REEF Polling enabled mobile devices 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

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.  Register

Hear from USCPD what to do to keep your students and yourself safe. This seminar is designed to provide guidance on what to do in a shooting incident, how to be prepared, how to think safely and how to recognize a potential problem, specifically in campus and classroom contexts.  Register

Courses with a large number of students are intended to be an efficient (and cost effective) means of delivering material.  Typically delivered in a lecture format, these large courses share many features with courses of lower enrollment.  However, the larger class size often seems impersonal and students may not connect with the material or the instructor.  We will discuss methods by which you can enhance your delivery of material and also increase the likelihood your students will meet you half-way resulting in a better experience for everyone. Register

Employability after college graduation has become an increasing topic of conversation for all involved in higher education. Faculty at USC play an integral part in fostering skills to best prepare students for the world of work. In this session, we will go over the Career Center’s employability model that incorporates Career Planning, Relationships, Experience, Academic knowledge, Transferable skills, and Emotional intelligence. In addition, we will discuss how you can incorporate the six components (CREATE) of employability into your classroom to enhance student learning and success. We will also discuss the importance of experiential learning and share what it looks like at USC. Lastly, we will provide resources that are available for you and your students to use to make the most of their professional experience.  Register

Clearly articulating classroom expectations helps to set the foundation for a mutually beneficial course. Research shows that persistence and retention is connected to student's sense of belonging. Furthermore, students who engage in quality interactions with faculty are retained at a higher rate (Astin 1977, 1993). As a faculty member, it is important to assist in developing this sense of belonging and aid in students persistence and retention. This session will cover pedagogical strategies and ways to negotiate positive norms within your classroom to assist you in developing a meaningful academic environment.  Register

A whole generation of students has been labeled as "Entitled," and seeming lacks the resilience to do what is required to successfully navigate college without significant support from parents, administrators, professors and college staff.  Understanding the cultural and generational that have contributed to their perspective can help us gain a new perspective as well. Participants will walk through common scenarios with contemporary college students in ways that help us to keep our cool and support them into adulating success.  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.  Register

September 2018

Are you interested in service-learning? Would you like to learn how to develop a service-learning course? Using the National Youth Leadership Council’s Service-Learning Cycle as a framework, Jabari Bodrick will provide workshop attendees with step-by-step instructions on how to create a service-learning course. Jabari will also explain how service-learning is defined at USC, provide USC service-learning assessment data, offer community partner suggestions, and highlight the benefits of service-learning to students, faculty members and community agency representatives. Register

In order to teach students to “learn to learn,” the focus of education has shifted towards maximizing the quality of student-instructor contact time and emphasizing application of knowledge and skills in the classroom. Want to learn how to incorporate active learning from the ground up – the do’s, don’ts and best practices? This interactive workshop will provide perspectives on successful integration of active learning strategies in the classroom along with a brief discussion of perceived obstacles, solutions, and examples of active learning methods. Participants will have the opportunity to create a plan for incorporating specific strategies, techniques or tools into their teaching.  Register

Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community.  Learn about the ways in which the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University’s effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion.  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.   Register

The last thing we want to hear from students is that the content we’ve taught them wasn’t relevant or meaningful. Moreover, we’d like for them to retain course content beyond tests and assessments, but helping students see valuable connections between classroom learning and their “everyday,” “real world” lives can seem daunting. However, as the authors of "How Learning Works" suggest, helping students make more connections between current course content and previous courses and their lives outside of class helps both concretize learning and understand its relevance to the world around them.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to use concrete reflection strategies to help students make connections between course content and the world around them and discuss how to leverage and modify reflection strategies to suit course material and assignments.  Register

All instructors must assess (i.e. grade) student work. Yet how to grade objectively involves fundamentally important considerations and strategies, many of which instructors have not examined thoroughly. What is your “grading philosophy” for the course - do you grade on a curve (and why)? How will you ensure consistency, fairness, and objectivity, while at the same time remaining efficient? How can you ensure grades provide constructive feedback?

Determining these aspects of grading is vital in ensuring fair, objective assessment of student work. Participants will learn about these and other considerations, determine their own grading philosophy and effective strategies through comparison and discussion with other participants and course examples.  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

The purpose of this workshop is to help faculty and instructors recognize emergencies and make appropriate decisions for first aid care. This workshop provides basic first aid knowledge when dealing with breathing, diabetic, fainting, and injuries that participants need to know in order to provide immediate care for a suddenly ill or injured person until more advanced medical care arrives to take over.  This workshop is not designed to certify participants in first aid.  This workshop is basic and general first aid knowledge.  Register

This session introduces Microsoft Teams and walks through its features and functionality.  Register

This workshop is designed to provide all who teach the opportunity to learn more about the academic requirements, achievements, accountability and expectations of  student-athletes. It will also provide those who teach resources and tips to ensure that student-athletes are engaged in their academic learning and the support available to faculty while teaching student-athletes.  Register

Creating an environment of integrity within the classroom truly takes a village. Faculty, administrators, and students all play a role in maintaining an ethical campus community. This workshop will explore preventative tools to address classroom roadblocks.  Register

Are you a graduate teaching assistant looking to have a greater impact on your students’ learning? Do you wish you knew strategies to do your job more efficiently and effectively? Whether you are a new or returning TA, this interactive workshop will provide you with tips to enhance your teaching. Participants will discuss best practices for TAs, including how to provide timely feedback to students and balance TA work with other responsibilities.  Register

In 1956, Benjamin S. Bloom and his associates published a framework for reasons that included the establishment of congruence between learning expectations and assessment of learning. This contribution became highly visible in the education community as a hierarchy displayed in a triangular diagram. Many years later, scholars whom Bloom mentored developed a more robust framework, known as the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, to capture the complexities of teaching and learning. Participants will consider an overview of this matrix to reflect on their planning, teaching, and assessment activities. There will be opportunity to apply use of the matrix to at least one course objective and assessment. So, participants are encouraged to bring a course syllabus.  Register

Do you find your interactions with American students and colleagues frustrating due to your accent?  Do you struggle to convey course material and explanations in English with clarity? In this workshop, Ann Janosik will share insights from the field of accent reduction about the features of American English pronunciation that have the greatest impact on comprehensibility and about concrete strategies for mastering those critical features. Participants will collaborate to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their own spoken English, and all participants will create a personal plan for effectively changing their accents.  Register

Hear from USCPD what to do to keep your students and yourself safe. Response to an active shooter should be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter. This seminar is designed to provide guidance on what to do in a shooting incident, how to be prepared, how to think safely and how to recognize a potential problem, specifically in campus and classroom contexts.  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

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Leadership and Service Center administered a Food Insecurity Needs Assessment to gauge food insecurity among students on the Columbia campus. Food insecurity is the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable nutritious food. According to the survey results, approximately 37% of respondents could not afford to eat balanced meals in the last 30 days. Furthermore, nearly 40% of respondents reported they know at least one USC student that is missing or skipping meals because of finances.

This workshop will describe how food insecurity impacts student success, offer tangible ways to identify food insecurity in a classroom setting, and provide an overview of the resources the Columbia campus has invested in food insecurity alleviation. Register

This workshop will present a series of Metacognition Mini-Lecture learning modules that introduce principles of brain science and how human memory works. The mini-lectures can be incorporated into courses in any discipline. They present evidence-based learning strategies and explain why those learning strategies work in light of the brain's design. We know a lot about how the human brain works to store and recall memories during the process of learning. These principles of brain science can be applied to teaching, learning, note-taking, studying and test-taking. This process of 'thinking about thinking' is known as metacognition. Both instructors and students need to be familiar with metacognition, which can help us align learning activities and practices with how our brains work. Metacognition can encourage us to use evidence-based practices that are more effective because they are based on the science of learning and take advantage of how the brain learns. This doesn't make studying and learning easier, learning is always hard, but it can make the time spent studying more effective so that the same amount of time spent learning can lead to better learning results.  Register

Accelerated Study Plans. Winter Session. Full-time students in the Summer Semester! Come learn how the Office of On Your Time Initiatives in the Provost's Office is helping students graduate on time (and even early!) by taking advantage of multiple opportunities for degree progression. Learn how you and your department can encourage students to stay on track, how you can provide flexible opportunities to assist students in their degree completion and how other areas of the university are here to help YOU as you help your STUDENTS.  Register

Do you have plans to develop and implement globally-themed content into your course? Are you interested in the International Education Week Faculty Mini-Grant? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn what is included in a globalized course design and how to implement these themes through incorporation of global content in your learning objectives, activities and assignments.  Register

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.  Register

This interactive workshop will overview strategies to engender queer visibility in the classroom. First, we will use the lens of queer pedagogy to identify and unpack how our educational practices as faculty normalize and reproduce hetero and cisnormativity. Then, we will discuss some strategies for how queer pedagogy can inform our teaching practices. The workshop will be concluded with an informal question-and-answer session focused on the challenges and messiness faced when implementing these practices.  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.  Register

Anna Rogers shares her top tricks for transitioning from being a TA to teaching your own course. These are 10 things she wishes she would have known before she taught my own course. This workshop will be interactive and will allow the audience to ask questions throughout the presentation.  Register

Do you ever wonder if you could do more to help students master the content in your courses? Do you wish you knew how to increase student engagement and understanding in your classes? In this interactive and high-energy workshop, participants will experience first-hand the impact simple instructional strategies have on student engagement. Participants will analyze two model lessons to uncover best practices in strategically constructing student understanding. The session will conclude with participants applying the strategies modeled throughout the workshop and an informal question-and-answer session.  Register

In this interactive workshop, Clayton Copeland will share results from recent research exploring the impact of course accessibility and the integration of tools and resources that facilitate multimodal learning for all students. She will then present concrete strategies for implementing accessibility and multimodal tools and resources into courses. Participants will discuss and collaboratively practice skills for creating accessible courses designed to meet student needs, and the session will conclude with an informal question-and-answer session.  Register

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. 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.  Register

Learn how to facilitate lively and meaningful communication among students in your online classroom! In this 50-minute webinar, we'll cover how to develop thought-provoking discussion prompts, foster civil and engaging conversations, and plan/execute hot-topic debates. Join us to gain best practices for online discourse, and share some tips of your own.  Register

We invite faculty and staff who advise undergraduates to join us for this informal and informative conversation about academic advising. Find out from the students themselves what’s working and what’s not. In turn, you’ll be able to share what you expect from them. In this workshop, students, faculty and academic advisors will explore common expectations in the academic advising relationship. We also invite students to come share ways that advisors have helped you—or that you wish that they’d helped you. We value your opinion, and hope that you’ll join this lively discussion with facilitators and faculty advisors about advisement. We’ll have a free lunch for everyone!

Sponsored by the Student Success Center, Center for Teaching Excellence and the University Advising Center.  Register

During your attempts to engage students in discussions and thoughtful interactions, do you consider the nature of questions that you ask? During this interactive workshop, the presenter will provide an overview of divergent and convergent questioning strategies that can be used to engage your students in a more effective manner. Drawing from research on pedagogy, there will be opportunities for participants to develop and practice questioning strategies that they can use in their respective courses.  Register

October 2018

Assessments and exams test student comprehension of the material but can serve many valuable functions. While assessments tend to be what motivates students to study, they provide information to the instructor regarding what additional learning needs to occur and should be crafted to guide the student through meaningful, deep learning. Effective assessments should engage student learning in “real time” while ensuring that they are measurable and directly linked to specific learning outcomes.

Considerations in developing assessments include:

  • What level of knowledge are you assessing, and how do you assess that level effectively?
  • Does it provide equal opportunity for students of different learning abilities to show their learning and skill development?
  • Do the questions actually address what you are trying to evaluate?

Such considerations will be discussed in this workshop, highlighting strategies that effectively and objectively measure learning, along with pros and cons of different types of questions and practice in doing so.  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

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

Have you heard of using mindfulness practice in the classroom or workplace? Are you curious about how to put this into practice? Do you wonder whether and how this could benefit your students? This workshop will share research on the benefits and strategies for using mindfulness in the classroom and workplace and provide a primer on mindfulness practice and meditation. Finally, workshop participants will partake in mindfulness exercises and discuss concrete ways to integrate this practice in their classrooms.  Register

Planning an online course is not about technology, it’s about pedagogy. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to online teaching and develop their knowledge and ability to implement and teach online courses. Participants will be guided through the 3 phases of online course design, Design, Development, and Delivery, without the need to do any online building. Participants will learn about how online teaching differs from face-to-face and the Design, Development, and Delivery phases of online course design. By the end of the workshop, participants will design online learning activities and student interactions, and create a plan for online course delivery.  Register

It has almost become a truism in higher education 'We aim to increase critical thinking skills.' Or perhaps, 'We want students to be change agents.' Yet, how do instructors actually do this? What does this look like in different disciplines? How does this inform actual practice?

In this interactive workshop, Darin Freeburg will walk participants through a Knowledge Lens for instruction. This lens is intended to change how instructors see their classrooms and the students within them. As with any camera lens, it corrects for inaccuracies in the picture. When this picture comes through more clearly, critical thinking and innovation can occur within the classroom. Instead of waiting for students to be change agents when they graduate, we ask them to do it while they're here.

Questions include:

  • What does it mean to see classrooms as complex systems?
  • What does it mean to see students as creative and autonomous agents?
  • What is the importance of conversation and dialogue?
  • How can instructors inspire student action?
  • Can we turn classrooms into Communities of Practice?  Register

Ever walked around the historic Horseshoe and wished the buildings could tell you their story? Or walked in a forest and wondered the name of the tree with strange foliage? Would you like to hold an elephant in your hand? By blending the physical world with the digital world, augmented and mixed reality can tell the stories, can provide data, and even introduce virtual elephants into your real world. Join us to learn more about possibilities with augmented and mixed reality.  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

In this session we will discuss the academic misconduct trends we are seeing online and in person with our students. Additionally, we will discuss how to identify and address these common violations while maintaining a productive instructor/student relationship.  Register

The teaching philosophy statement provides a concise description of an instructor’s teaching approach, methods and experience. Departments require a teaching philosophy statement not only from applicants for new faculty positions, but also as part of the tenure and promotion process.

What is your teaching philosophy? How do you articulate it, and what should you include? In this workshop designed specifically for faculty, we will discuss the statement’s purpose and strategies for composing the statement, incorporating time for individual brainstorming, group discussion and feedback. Participants will leave with an outline of their statement and guidelines to continue crafting it. Come to this workshop to revise, revamp and renew your current teaching philosophy statement.  Register

The Student Success Center (SSC) is focused on finding ways to help facilitate student learning and degree competition. Multiple services are offered to help support students both inside and outside of the classroom. Join us for this session and learn not only what the SSC does and how we can assist faculty, but how faculty can partner with the SSC to support undergraduate students. Topics to be covered include early alert programs (faculty referrals), course specific support (tutoring, supplemental instruction), faculty-student interaction programs (out to lunch, mutual expectations), and more.  Register

Hear from USCPD what to do to keep your students and yourself safe. This seminar is designed to provide guidance on what to do in a shooting incident, how to be prepared, how to think safely and how to recognize a potential problem, specifically in campus and classroom contexts.  Register

All USC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to participate in the ninth annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching on Friday, October 12, 2018. 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, Pamela E. Barnett
  • Panel discussion on the 'Implications of the Horizon Report' facilitated by Debbie Yoho, a doctoral candidate in Library and Information Sciences
  • 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

Learn the differences among the blog, journal, wiki and discussion board tools in Blackboard. In addition to encouraging class communication and collaboration, these tools can allow students to share information in creative ways. 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.  Register

Do you wish you could better help your students with their career decision making? When you talk with students about their career plans, do you wish you had some tangible tools in your toolbox? Become a Career Champion! Career Champion is a campus wide program designed to visibly identify faculty and staff who are especially equipped to assist students with career decision making.

The Career Champion training workshop engages participants in a tailored curriculum designed to provide them with knowledge about the career development process and the foundations of employability, as well as teaching best practices for having career conversations with students. Participants will learn valuable helping skills, goal setting techniques, ethical practices, and how best to make referrals to available resources.

Career Champions will also leave with resources they can use in their own professional career. Those who complete the training program will receive a Career Champion decal to display in their office, inviting students to approach them to discuss career related issues. (NOTE: This is a 2 part workshop)  Register

What happens to student engagement, interaction and learning when you incorporate educational technologies? Participants will explore easy and inexpensive technologies available for incorporation into the classroom bringing boring lecture content to life and actively engaging learners. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss and demonstrate several tools, share examples of in-class active learning, successes and challenges and identify future steps for successful implementation.  Register

Existing scholarship on co-teaching lauds its virtues within university contexts. While it manifests itself through multiple formats, participating faculty members and graduate teaching assistants must consider resources and contexts to which it might be applied. In this interactive workshop, the presenters will engage participants in a “lived experience” and present 3- 4 models of co- teaching. There will be multiple opportunities for discussions and questions throughout and at the end of the presentation.  Register

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.  Register

Do you wish you could better help your students with their career decision making? When you talk with students about their career plans, do you wish you had some tangible tools in your toolbox? Become a Career Champion! Career Champion is a campus wide program designed to visibly identify faculty and staff who are especially equipped to assist students with career decision making.

The Career Champion training workshop engages participants in a tailored curriculum designed to provide them with knowledge about the career development process and the foundations of employability, as well as teaching best practices for having career conversations with students. Participants will learn valuable helping skills, goal setting techniques, ethical practices, and how best to make referrals to available resources.

Career Champions will also leave with resources they can use in their own professional career. Those who complete the training program will receive a Career Champion decal to display in their office, inviting students to approach them to discuss career related issues. (NOTE: This is a 2 part workshop)  Register

Are you able to recognize campus microaggressions or subtle discrimination and make a difference in their consequences? In this workshop, we will work collaboratively to identify how the dynamics of power, privilege and marginalization impact ways that microaggressions happen among our faculty, staff and students as individuals and as part of policy formation. Owning our prejudices and partialities will help us to consciously increase awareness about the impact of organizational culture and job stress on exacerbating unconscious bias behaviors in administration, teaching and staff management.

This workshop will provide training to facilitate equitable decision-making across myriad of campus contexts. We will explore the depth and breadth of students, staff, and faculty celebrating similarities and differences or assimilating to the dominant group’s preferences at the personal, interpersonal, institutional/systemic and cultural levels. In doing so, this workshop will create an important dialogue centered around the impact of subtle forms of discrimination and microaggressions, as well as how we can best support our university community to unmask and address unconscious bias. The behavioral skills gained in this workshop will be a nexus to deepen our understanding of diversity and action at both individual and structural levels.  Register

Want to help students develop their most creative and innovative abilities? Introduce them to digital storytelling, regardless of their digital device! Students can use digital tools to create and share their own stories or experiences or reflect on what they've learned. Join us as we learn about how you can use Sway, a NEW innovative web-based learning tool that can be used on any device your students may have access to in the classroom.  Register

We invite faculty, staff, and students to join us for a interesting discussion on how to have open and mutually respected conversations in the classroom. In this workshop, students, faculty and staff will explore expectations on classroom discussion, especially when the topic may be one where there are many opposing viewpoints. We hope to help find common ground on how we converse and engage with one another respectfully. We value your opinion, and hope that you’ll join this lively discussion with facilitators and participants. We’ll have a free lunch for everyone!  Register

You'll feel more comfortable using copyrighted material when you know what you can and can't do. Come explore how to use copyrighted materials in instruction, including posting copyrighted materials to Blackboard. We will also discuss the practical application of Fair Use and examine how the library can assist you with posting materials for your class.  Register

Tired of looking out at a classroom full of glazed-over stares? Do "snores happen"? You CAN push students out of their comfort zone and pull them right into the learning process. Join us for this fun and fast-paced session in which you will learn how to set the stage for student engagement, integrate active learning techniques into your courses, and get your students involved in the learning process.  Register

November 2018

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.  Register

Are you interested in exploring ways that you can implement more integrative learning concepts and reflective writing into your courses? Are you interested in learning more about the principles of integrative learning? The increasing emphasis on integrative and experiential learning in higher education illuminates the opportunities for academic disciplines to support students’ synthesis of course concepts and their application into real-world settings.

In this interactive, hands-on workshop, the presenters will provide proven examples for guiding reflection in their classes. Participants will then consider their own curricula/courses and how they can introduce concepts of integrative learning through reflection-based assignments to help students articulate the significance of their within and beyond the classroom experiences throughout their college career.  Register

Are you stressed? Who isn’t? Do you realize that “stressed” spelled backward is “desserts”? We sometimes turn to unhealthy behaviors to put a Band-Aid on stress. But there’s a better way.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore the body’s stress response and how to handle it. We’ll also discuss and practice long-term stress management strategies. You’ll learn how to debunk some stress myths and create practices that will help you sail through turbulent times.  Register

Open Educational Resources (OER), teaching tools that can be customized by faculty and freely-accessed by students, have proven to positively impact student success. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of OER and other affordable course materials. Participants will practice locating OER, evaluating free resources, and interpreting copyright permissions. In addition, attendees will discover resources and techniques for modifying and creating open course content. This workshop will conclude with an overview of affordable learning services offered through the library and will include time for participant discussion.  Register

Are you thinking of teaching an online course? Do you need help recording and producing lectures for online courses? The Office of Distributed Learning assists faculty and academic units with online course needs. In this workshop, learn more about the services we provide to deliver exceptional courses to students regardless of location, classroom availability, or time constraints. These services include:

  • Scheduling (through Banner) all distributed learning courses (> 50% online or 100% online)
  • Producing online lectures or other media in our on-site, professional production suites with advanced studio-level and audio equipment
  • Producing transcription/closed captioning to meet course accessibility needs
  • Providing test proctoring options for paper and computer-based formats at approved on- or off-campus testing sites or through a secure online proctoring service
  • Promoting courses taught each semester in various distributed learning formats with our easy to search website.  Register

The purpose of this workshop is to help faculty and instructors recognize emergencies and make appropriate decisions for first aid care. This workshop provides basic first aid knowledge when dealing with breathing, diabetic, fainting, and injuries that participants need to know in order to provide immediate care for a suddenly ill or injured person until more advanced medical care arrives to take over. This workshop is not designed to certify participants in first aid. This workshop is basic and general first aid knowledge.  Register

Are USC undergraduate student attitudes, priorities and behaviors different from what you are accustomed? International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) must learn to interpret and handle American students' actions appropriately, but seldom have the opportunity for this learning before stepping into the classroom. This workshop and discussion is designed to provide graduate students with the chance to discuss some of the difficulties they might have encountered in American academic culture. This is not a lecture – workshop participants will identify peculiar aspects of American academic life that s/he has encountered, discuss similarities and differences in ideas, beliefs, or expectations with other participants, and develop a deeper understanding of the role culture plays in academic behavior. This workshop is open to all nationalities, not just International graduate students.  Register

The Carolina Intercultural Training focuses on understanding cross-cultural communication styles and exploring strategies for increasing intercultural competence. The workshop includes information, activities, and discussion to help navigate common miscommunications between cultures both in the office and classroom setting. Participants will leave the workshop better equipped to provide and promote an inclusive environment on campus for all international Gamecocks. Those who complete this workshop will receive an “International Friendly Zone” card.

Why should you attend?

  • To increase intercultural competency for the office and classroom
  • To explore and compare cultural models
  • To gain tools to navigate common cultural misunderstandings
  • To prepare for your future career

With any questions about the program, feel free to contact Julie Medlin at medlin3@mailbox.sc.edu.  Register

We invite faculty, staff, and students to join us for this informal and informative conversation about civility and academic integrity in the classroom. In this workshop, students and faculty will explore common expectations when it comes to civility and integrity on the college campus in the 21st century. Find out from students themselves what’s working and what’s not when it comes to this crucial topic. In turn, faculty will be able to share what they expect from students. We’ll have a free lunch for everyone!  Register

Hear from USCPD what to do to keep your students and yourself safe. This seminar is designed to provide guidance on what to do in a shooting incident, how to be prepared, how to think safely and how to recognize a potential problem, specifically in campus and classroom contexts.  Register

First Generation College students are now, more than ever before, a recognized segment of the student population on university campuses. Have you, as an instructor/professor pondered about the best ways to engage these students who are the first in their families to attend a four year college? In this interactive workshop, Florencia Cornet will share her experience teaching First Generation College Students, and provide you with tips and strategies on how to cultivate an effective pedagogical style to support high performance and retention of First Generation College Students.

Participants will explore interactive approaches, integrative curriculum design, active and collaborative teaching-learning styles and inclusive strategies for teaching First Generation College students. The session will conclude with an informal question-and-answer session focused on participants' take away for their own classrooms.  Register

Most have heard the famous line “Help me, help you” from Jerry McGuire. The Division of IT wants to help you. 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.  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.  Register

Engaging in conflict is challenging whether you are an experienced instructor or new to your role. A likely strategy is to ignore the behavior due to our own discomfort, concern over retaliation or fear that our intervention may cause more harm or disruption. Through case study examples this workshop will explore Gerald Amada's research from Coping with Misconduct in the College Classroom and provide participants with tangible strategies to disruptive behavior in a confident and fair manner.  Register

December 2018

Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community. Learn about the ways in which the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University’s effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion.  Register