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Novice to Pro: Four Key Ingredients to Success in Teaching Online


How do you transform from being a novice at Blackboard and a first-time online instructor, to a "pro" who enjoys teaching online and wants to do more? This session presents four key components of an online course and discusses the importance of these to achieving a successful experience for both the instructor and the students. The components discussed are: 

  • Course structure
  • Varied materials and activities
  • Personal and frequent communication
  • Prompt feedback

Examples of each component are shared, as well as student assessment results from the presenter’s fully online course that confirm what works.

About the Facilitator

Becky Collier has been teaching in Women and Gender Studies at USC since 2007. She taught her first online class in the spring of 2012. Becky has served as a board member for the National Advisory Council of the USC College of Social Work, in addition to serving in many state-level policy-making and advisory roles related to the full participation of women in society. 

This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. 

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