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Center for Teaching Excellence

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.


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

Classes are full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. One of the new features in the Blackboard upgrade will help instructors provide more accessible content while leaving their original files intact. Students can choose formats that work best for them, such as HTML for improved reading on mobile phones, Electronic Braille for users with visual impairments, and Audio for learning on the go.

In addition to providing students’ choice in how they access documents to make a more inclusive learning environment, the tool help instructors make documents more accessible. It provides instructor feedback on the accessibility of their materials through colored indicator gauges, and provides steps on how to make documents better meet accessibility guidelines.  Register

Come learn about the new Blackboard features coming December 22, 2018.

  • Record Attendance in Blackboard Learn
    • The Attendance column provides the overall attendance score in the Grade Center, where it can be included in the student's grade calculations.
  • Grade Center Enhancements
    • Longer column headings
    • Easier clean-up of Grade Center by deleting multiple columns at once
  • Create Audio-Video Feedback
    • Create personalized feedback recordings
  • Course Availability Status
    • Instructors can see the availability state of the course from the main course view

Register

Classes are full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. One of the new features in the Blackboard upgrade will help instructors provide more accessible content while leaving their original files intact. Students can choose formats that work best for them, such as HTML for improved reading on mobile phones, Electronic Braille for users with visual impairments, and Audio for learning on the go.

In addition to providing students’ choice in how they access documents to make a more inclusive learning environment, the tool help instructors make documents more accessible. It provides instructor feedback on the accessibility of their materials through colored indicator gauges, and provides steps on how to make documents better meet accessibility guidelines.  Register

Come learn about the new Blackboard features coming December 22, 2018.

  • Record Attendance in Blackboard Learn
    • The Attendance column provides the overall attendance score in the Grade Center, where it can be included in the student's grade calculations.
  • Grade Center Enhancements
    • Longer column headings
    • Easier clean-up of Grade Center by deleting multiple columns at once
  • Create Audio-Video Feedback
    • Create personalized feedback recordings
  • Course Availability Status
    • Instructors can see the availability state of the course from the main course view

Register

Are you looking for a presentation tool? PowerPoint is one of the most popular presentation tools. However, there are alternatives, such as Google Slides, Emaze, and PowToon. With Google Slides, you can create, edit, collaborate, and present wherever you are and at no cost. Emaze is a cloud-based presentation tool for creating visually engaging rich media presentations. Powtoon is another online presentation tool that allows you to create animated videos and presentations. Come learn about these presentation tools to move beyond PowerPoint.  Register

Classes are full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. One of the new features in the Blackboard upgrade will help instructors provide more accessible content while leaving their original files intact. Students can choose formats that work best for them, such as HTML for improved reading on mobile phones, Electronic Braille for users with visual impairments, and Audio for learning on the go.

In addition to providing students’ choice in how they access documents to make a more inclusive learning environment, the tool help instructors make documents more accessible. It provides instructor feedback on the accessibility of their materials through colored indicator gauges, and provides steps on how to make documents better meet accessibility guidelines.  Register

Come learn about the new Blackboard features coming December 22, 2018.

  • Record Attendance in Blackboard Learn
    • The Attendance column provides the overall attendance score in the Grade Center, where it can be included in the student's grade calculations.
  • Grade Center Enhancements
    • Longer column headings
    • Easier clean-up of Grade Center by deleting multiple columns at once
  • Create Audio-Video Feedback
    • Create personalized feedback recordings
  • Course Availability Status
    • Instructors can see the availability state of the course from the main course view

Register

Classes are full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. One of the new features in the Blackboard upgrade will help instructors provide more accessible content while leaving their original files intact. Students can choose formats that work best for them, such as HTML for improved reading on mobile phones, Electronic Braille for users with visual impairments, and Audio for learning on the go.

In addition to providing students’ choice in how they access documents to make a more inclusive learning environment, the tool help instructors make documents more accessible. It provides instructor feedback on the accessibility of their materials through colored indicator gauges, and provides steps on how to make documents better meet accessibility guidelines.  Register

Come learn about the new Blackboard features coming December 22, 2018.

  • Record Attendance in Blackboard Learn
    • The Attendance column provides the overall attendance score in the Grade Center, where it can be included in the student's grade calculations.
  • Grade Center Enhancements
    • Longer column headings
    • Easier clean-up of Grade Center by deleting multiple columns at once
  • Create Audio-Video Feedback
    • Create personalized feedback recordings
  • Course Availability Status
    • Instructors can see the availability state of the course from the main course view

Register

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

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.

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

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

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 issues, people with diabetes, 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

The library offers many services to help you create online coursepacks that are completely free for your students to access and can be easily integrated into Blackboard. Join us to learn about how the library can add scans or links to course readings in Blackboard's Content Collection, assisting you with copyright and accessibility concerns, with the simple submission of your syllabus. We’ll also provide an overview of our print and electronic textbook collection and share several ways that we can help you locate and adopt freely available content, including open educational resources. Specific information that will be covered includes copyright basics, a content licensing overview, accessibility basics, library services and programs and library grants. Register

Large classes often necessitate the need for using exams with multiple-choice questions (MCQs) to assess student learning and streamline the grading process. However, many problems exist with these types of questions, in particular the difficulty in assessing higher level learning or deeper understanding when giving students an answer choice. Further, it can be daunting for instructors to write “good” questions that actually assess the students on what is intended.

How do instructors write good MCQs that ask students to do more than simply regurgitate facts and content? In this workshop we will explore the structure of MCQs along with their strengths and inherent weaknesses. Participants will learn how to create effective questions based on quality learning outcomes, with practice constructing both a good question (the stem) and appropriate (and fair) answer choices. We will also address common issues with multiple-choice exams and how instructors can use these exams as immediate feedback to evaluate their own instructional effectiveness.  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

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

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.

Good teaching involves creating a teaching persona, your personal teaching style that’s a balance between your authentic self and your professional self. Developing your teaching persona includes finding a personal classroom management style that’s right for you as you promote student learning. Thinking about this facet of teaching is important for new instructors and can be a helpful reflective exercise for more experienced instructors. This workshop will provide you with specific, interactive guidance and best practices on developing specific aspects of your teaching persona and style, along with helpful advice for any who are still learning to become comfortable in front of a classroom.  Register

The diversity in USC classrooms is rapidly increasing to include students from a range of countries and linguistic backgrounds. With all of the benefits that come from having a global classroom, there are challenges that are presented by this shift. As students try to succeed in a language that they do not natively speak and in a country where the cultural differences can be confusing and overwhelming, these challenges often come to light in the classroom. This session will give you 10 key tips for ensuring that your international students successfully learn the material and meet your expectations in the classroom.  Register

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

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

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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.

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

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

With this vicious political divides in the U.S., it is tempting to avoid divisive topics in the classroom. But such issues are extremely relevant to our students, and to understanding the modern world. This workshop will study techniques and strategies to address controversial topics in our courses, while at the same time maintaining an atmosphere of civility and open expression of ideas. Register

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

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

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

The Horizon 2017 report encourages faculties at colleges and universities to adopt effective instructional strategies that their K- 12 colleagues have adopted and used. A portion of these approaches include culturally- relevant and culturally- responsive teaching. Although effective instructors incorporate these practices in multiple formats and within diverse contexts, participating faculty members and graduate teaching assistants must consider behaviors and issues to which they might be applied. In this interactive workshop, the presenter will engage participants in a “lived experience” that will serve as a basis for reflection. There will be multiple opportunities for discussions and questions throughout and at the end of the presentation. Register

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

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. 

We invite faculty, staff, and students to join us for this informal and informative conversation about expectations of career preparation in the classroom. In this workshop, students and faculty will explore common expectations when it comes to preparing and planning for a career after graduation and what role it does or should play in class. 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

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

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

Do you sometimes look out at your class and wonder if the students are REALLY 'getting' what you're saying? Have you ever given a test or exam and been surprised that the scores were lower than you anticipated? In this workshop, tools and techniques will be shared for taking a 'temperature check' of your students' learning. Participants will be presented with quick, simple, effective ways to assess what information has been absorbed and what content needs to be restated or presented in a slightly different way to increase student learning. Whether you're teaching art history or finance, accurately evaluating your students' understanding and confusion during class will make you better able to tailor your lessons to increase learning for everyone.  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

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

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

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

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 issues, people with diabetes, 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

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

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

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

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

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

While the first day of class can be a boring read-through of policies and assignments for some students, for others, it sets the tone for whether this class will be a safe learning environment or a potential minefield of obstacles and insensitivities. Including diverse perspectives from scholars in the course curriculum is important; welcoming diverse perspectives from students in course contributions is equally, if not more, so. Positive affect is key to learning, and including welcoming language in the syllabus that signals openness, flexibility, and empathy is the first step to creating this climate in the classroom.  Register

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

Undergraduate students are often encouraged to think about their future careers or graduate school, yet courses typically offer few opportunities for students to explore these options in-depth. This session will describe how an undergraduate public health course in Fall 2017 provided students the chance to hear from and pose questions to a panel of masters and doctoral students who had been in their shoes only a few years earlier.

Career preparation and postgraduate education remain salient issues for undergraduate students as they strive to make connections between their courses and non-academic activities, all of which take place in a competitive job market. This session will discuss how similar panels could be incorporated into other courses, as well as implications for the day-to-day practice of teaching and student learning. This session will encourage attendees to think critically about how they can be a resource for students not only for course material or research opportunities, but also for their professional development.  Register

Stuttering is recognized as a disability within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Stuttering affects 1% of the adult population, which means that over 3 million Americans stutter. This also means that about 350 USC students (and another 60+ faculty and staff) stutter. People who stutter are commonly misunderstood, often overlooked or marginalized, and are sometimes the victims of discrimination. Because the classroom is a place to exchange ideas, stuttering can present real challenges to both students and teachers. This workshop will shed light on this curious condition, and will offer helpful suggestions to manage stuttering from both sides of the learning process.  Register

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

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

Teacher burnout and TA exhaustion is a major concern, just like finishing a major endurance race. Really, teaching is like triathlon and finishing the year healthy and strong is just like finishing an Ironman. This session will provide tangible tips and techniques to last the endurance race called teaching. Participants will enjoy a unique angle of looking at teaching and walk away with ideas to make teaching more engaging, inspiring, meaningful and enjoyable for all.  Register

April 2019

This session will discuss our roles as institutional actors/representatives in disrupting oppressive forces that are pervasive in society and within institutions. During this session, we bring participants to a heightened level of awareness around historical and contemporary institutional oppression, and we discuss the socialization process and how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to the perpetuation of all forms of oppression, specifically racism. In addition, we discuss how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to disparate academic and social outcomes and can also lead to an unhealthy identity development for all.

The ultimate objective of this session is to engage participants in a conversation that could lead to a heightened critical consciousness around systemic oppression and privilege. We will also discuss concepts like implicit bias and give participants resources and tools to aid them in beginning their own journey toward becoming equity-focused agents of change within our various institutions.  Register

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

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

Have you noticed that the number of Chinese students has increased during the past three years at USC? With the growth of this new demographic at USC, have you wanted to learn more about how to effectively meet the needs of these students in the classroom?

Attendees will learn about how the experience of Chinese students in high school typically differs from that of American students and how that can affect students' expectations and success. They will also learn about the key linguistic challenges and cultural differences that can make instructor communication harder to understand and key ways to help Chinese students succeed. The session will conclude with a cross-departmental panel of experts on Chinese culture, along with ample time to share experiences and discuss how to meet the specific needs and challenges that have been encountered.  
Register

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

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

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 issues, people with diabetes, 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

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

Are you an instructor who never actually “learned” how to write or develop a quality course syllabus?  Or do you feel your course is just not leading to the learning you expected in your students?  How can these issues be resolved?  For a quality course that engenders deep and meaningful learning, instructors need to write the syllabus from the perspective of what the student will achieve, and design realistic, meaningful outcomes and associated curriculum to do so. 

In this workshop, we will outline the framework for developing a syllabus for a course of your choosing, using the conceptual framework of “Backward Design” (Wiggins and McTighe, 2005).  We’ll discuss the importance of (and practice crafting) thoughtfully designed learning outcomes, and then work backward to develop appropriate assessments, meaningful class learning activities, and finally, determine the most effective method for teaching that activity. Other tips and advice for syllabus development, along with examples of good and bad syllabus construction, will be discussed with other participants in a small group setting.  Register

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

In this workshop, Ravindra Pogaku will share 35 years of thoughts on teaching and research and the exciting experiences he has had with student guinea pigs. The emphasis will be on how the bubbling enthusiasm of the students motivated him towards productive teaching and research in higher learning institutions. Pogaku teaching strategy is to extract the hidden talents of the budding students.

This will be an interactive session with the participants leaving the workshop with an outline of effective teaching and research techniques for a sustainable society.  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