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New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation will be held Thursday, August 17, 2023 at the University Conference Center,  1705 College Street, Close Hipp Building, Suite 800, Columbia, SC  29208 . 

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, professional-track, instructors and lecturers who have been hired since August 15, 2022, including those hired for Spring, Summer and Fall 2023 terms.

New Faculty Orientation is not for Adjunct Faculty. A special, virtual Adjunct Faculty Orientation will be held Monday, August 21, 2023,  from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Register for Adjunct Faculty Orientation Fall 2023.

Please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at if you have questions concerning 2023 New Faculty Orientation.

eLearning Services Blackboard Workshops

eLearning Services supports USC faculty by providing training and personalized assistance for Blackboard and other academic technologies. Blackboard is a web-based Learning Management System designed to allow students and faculty to participate in classes delivered online or use online materials and activities to complement face-to-face teaching. Blackboard enables instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, online testing, a live presentation platform, tools to make content more accessible, and more.

eLearning Services is offering Blackboard webinars to give new faculty the opportunity to see the academic technologies they will use to facilitate online or hybrid courses. New faculty members will view presentations and participate in Q&As so they can move forward in their course preparations with confidence.

Check back to see Blackboard webinars being offered prior to start of fall 2023 semester.

For more information, contact eLearning Services at 803.777.1800

Instructional Design Support

CTE's Instructional Design team can help you prepare courses and will be happy to consult with you about selecting the best combination of tools, resources, and teaching practices to develop courses and course components for face-to-face, hybrid and fully online courses.

Our instructional design team can assist you in:

  • Designing detailed and organized syllabi.
  • Developing course outcomes and objectives for your students.
  • Creating easy-to-navigate and accessible courses.
  • Incorporating multiple methods to check student learning.
  • identifying  the instructional technologies that support your teaching style, course objectives and activities and enhance the learning experience for your students. 
  • Designing, developing and delivering online courses either in a fully online, blended, or hybrid format.

Whether starting a course from scratch, enhancing a current course or moving a course to online instruction, we can help.

To consult with a member of our instructional design team or learn more about our instructional design services, Schedule an Instructional Design Consultation.

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