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GTA/IA Workshops and Events

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to planning and implementing professional development programming for graduate teaching assistants. Graduate student workshops and events are designed to address teaching challenges unique to being a graduate student.

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May 2021

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

As the university shifts to remote teaching, it is important to create and maintain an online environment of integrity. Faculty, administrators, and students all play a role in maintaining an ethical campus community. This webinar will explore trends in the online classroom, and tools and best practices to promote academic integrity in the creation and implementation of final assessments.  Register

Due to the pandemic, assistive technologies have become more important to meet the needs of people with and without disabilities. The webinar will cover the available speech recognition software and their benefits. Also, it will take you step-by-step through the practical use of voice recognition software with a live demonstration.

Hosted by the South Carolina Center for Assistive Technology and Educational Research (SC-CATER) and Students with Disabilities in STEM (SWDiSTEM) Multi-User Lab for Research, Training, and Outreach.

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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. Lastly, we will discuss how to report a concern of academic misconduct and ways to address the concern with your students(s).  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

June 2021

Are you interested in teaching online courses? In this webinar, we will explore the basics of online teaching and the components of an online course. As we walk through the 3Ds Instructional Design Model: Design, Develop and Deliver, you will be introduced to best practices for online teaching in preparation for modifying a current face-to-face course for online delivery or creating a new online course.  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.  Register

Learn how to hold meetings or teach a class with this convenient and reliable web conferencing tool. With Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, instructors can record sessions, share materials, allow participants to chat with each other, use a digital whiteboard, allow participants to share presentations, and more.  Register

In this webinar, we'll cover how to Design your course to maximize student learning, with an emphasis on planning. We’ll discuss using Backward Design; aligning outcomes, assessments, and activities; and organizing your course into modules. We’ll also discuss factors you'll need to consider in planning, such as interactions (between students, faculty, and content) and Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles – which outlines the foundation for making your online course active, cooperative, and relevant. And as a bonus for attending, we’ll throw in some handy templates to help you get started!  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

This webinar covers how to Develop the materials and structure for your online course. You'll learn what makes a high-quality and accessible online course, how to choose or create instructional materials and rubrics, how to best organize your course information and materials in Blackboard, and how to select video recording and web conferencing tools for asynchronous and synchronous courses. Register

Learn how to set up Blackboard assignments and SafeAssign plagiarism detection. 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

Learn the basics of setting up and using the Blackboard Grade Center.   Register

This webinar covers how to Deliver your online course for maximum impact. Join us to learn how to build rapport with students, foster a community of learners and provide meaningful feedback. The session will end with tips to consider to facilitate an engaging and successful online course.  Register

In this session you will learn simple instructional techniques that benefit all users, technology tools that can be used to provide specific accommodations, and resources that are available to meet accommodation needs.  Register

July 2021

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.  Register

Learn how to hold meetings or teach a class with this convenient and reliable web conferencing tool. With Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, instructors can record sessions, share materials, allow participants to chat with each other, use a digital whiteboard, allow participants to share presentations, and more.  Register

Learn the basics of setting up and using the Blackboard Grade Center.  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

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

Learn how to set up Blackboard assignments and SafeAssign plagiarism detection.   Register

In this session you will learn simple instructional techniques that benefit all users, technology tools that can be used to provide specific accommodations, and resources that are available to meet accommodation needs.  Register

August 2021

Any UofSC graduate student teaching or instructional assistants (GTA/IAs) who will be involved with online teaching in some form this fall 2021 are recommended to participate in the Introduction to Online Teaching for Teaching Assistants (IOTTA) program.

These in-person workshops are designed to assist GTA/IAs with building their knowledge and skills in all aspects of teaching or instructional assistance online -- from aligning a syllabus, best practices in online engagement, to managing course materials and grading in Blackboard -- in a hands-on, practical skill development setting.

GTA/IAs will be working with their own assigned course materials and Blackboard environment to get the course ready to begin their instructional responsibilities by the start of classes on August 19th, 2021.

Registration deadline is Monday August 2, 2021 by 5 p.m. Upon registration, you will be contacted by Dr. Michelle Hardee to review the workshops you plan to attend and provide you with an agenda and additional information.

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New USC adjunct faculty are invited to participate in a virtual 90 minute orientation session sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of On Your Time Initiatives. The session will provide information helpful to any adjunct faculty member.  Register

GTA/IA Fall 2021 Orientation begins on this date. Dates for In-Person and Online Synchronous workshops for GTA/IA orientation are August 11-12 and August 17-18. All graduate teaching and instructional assistants who have any kind of instructional or teaching assistance responsibilities must participate in Graduate TA/IA Orientation. These workshops provide concise, helpful information, resources and guidance on developing your teaching skills as you prepare to teach or assist your professor of record. Learn More

The Office of the Provost sponsors New Faculty Orientation (NFO) to help all new faculty make a smooth, enjoyable transition to the University. This welcome and orientation session is for all new full-time faculty: tenure-track, research, clinical, instructors and lecturers who have been hired since August 15, 2020, including those hired for Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 terms.  Register


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