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Oktoberbest 2018

Oktoberbest: A Celebration of Teaching

October 12, 2018

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 for Oktoberbest 2018


Call For Proposals

Have you found best ways to present information to students? Innovative techniques to get them engaged with you, their peers, and the course content? New ideas for engaging students beyond the classroom? Or perhaps you’ve discovered an effective technology you now use to enhance your course? Think of all the strategies you use in your teaching, and select the most effective and innovative ones you want to share with others.

Join us and share your passion for innovative teaching, course development, educational technology, and improving student learning! We invite you to Submit Proposals featuring innovative approaches or assessments, best practices, teaching-related research, discussion of critical issues, or other teaching and learning experiences that incorporate innovative teaching approaches. Learn More

Keynote Speaker

Pamela E. Barnett is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. She is also a Fellow of The Best Teachers Institute led by Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do. She is a passionate advocate for bringing the research on how people learn and best teaching practices to academic leadership.

Dr. Barnett began her career as a professor of English and African-American studies at the University of South Carolina -Columbia where she was named an English Department Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2003. Her book Dangerous Desire: Literature of Sexual Freedom and Sexual Violence Since the Sixties (Routledge, 2004) examines literature written in response to the liberation movement of the 1960s.

Her more recent writing aims to advance diversity and inclusion in higher education. She is the author of “Discussions across Difference: Addressing the Affective Dimensions of Teaching Diverse Students about Diversity” (Teaching in Higher Education, 2011), “Unpacking the Teacher’s Invisible Knapsack: Social Identity and Privilege in Higher Education” (Liberal Education, Summer 2013) and “Not Preaching to the Choir: Techniques for Building Trust and Managing Conflict When about Teaching Race ” forthcoming in Stephen Brookfield's Teaching Race (2018).  She has also written about motivation for teaching in higher education, online teaching, evaluating teaching effectiveness and advancing organizational change.