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Teaching Resources

CTE's Teaching Resources provide valuable tools to help with preparation, teaching, and course assessment. Have a resource to share? We are constantly striving to improve our Teaching Resources. If you have a favorite resource that is not listed here, please email Nate Carnes, CTE's Associate Director, at



Accessibility becomes more important every year as institutions of higher education extend their reach and course offerings to a variety of students near and far.

Active Learning

Active Learning

Active learning is a student-centered approach in which an instructor uses instructional strategies that engage students as active participants throughout the learning process. 

Adapting Courses for Changing Academic Needs

Adapting Courses for Changing Academic Needs

There are multiple ways to adapt classes to provide safety and social distancing. All course delivery models will differ in effectiveness, feasibility, and implementation options depending on the type of course and pedagogy style being used. 

Large Undergraduate Classes

Adapting Large Undergraduate Courses

There are multiple ways to adapt large enrollment classes to provide safety and social distancing. Units are encouraged to be creative and flexible in course design and delivery modality, not only for a pivot if one is needed, but also for students who may not be able to attend due to health or domestic situations, or faculty who have to self-isolate or quarantine for a time. 

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Adobe Connect & Adobe Presenter Phase-Out Project

Adobe Connect and Adobe Presenter will be discontinued at UofSC at the end of the Fall 2020 semester. UofSC faculty and staff with accounts for either will no longer be able to access these tools nor any files stored in an Adobe Connect account. If you use this content to teach, you will need take steps as soon as possible to save and convert it to a format that you can use after the Fall 2020 semester. 

Course Design

Course Design, Development and Delivery

Course Development is the design of a new course or revision of an existing course. 

Distributed/Online Learning

Distributed/Online Learning

The Distributed/Online Learning section is designed to provide helpful resources to faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants who develop and deliver distributed learning courses at UofSC.

Diverse College Students

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolbox

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolbox provides concrete strategies and resources for faculty to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching practices at UofSC.

Final Exam FAQs

Final Exam FAQs

Questions about the scheduling and administration of final examinations often emerge in interpreting the guidelines that appear in the USC faculty manual.  This resource clarifies ambiguities or uncertainties that may arise. 

Flipped Learning

Flipped Learning

Flipped learning is a pedagogical approach in which students gain first-exposure learning of course material outside of class, often through readings or lecture videos. Instructors then engage students during class meetings in more complex application, problem-solving or analysis. 

Grading and Assessment Toolbox

Grading and Assessment Toolbox

Grading is a process, beyond assigning a number or letter grade. This resource provides instructors with guidance and suggestions on how to make your grading both more effective and efficient, use of rubrics, online grading issues, and other topics relevant to grading student work.

Work Life Balance

Maintaining Balance

Faculty often face challenges balancing teaching and research and achieving a healthy equilibrium between their professional and personal lives. 

Peer Observation

Peer Observation

Teaching is not a “one-size-fits-all” activity, and thus the peer observation and feedback process must accommodate such variability to be most useful to departments and colleges.  


Syllabus Templates

Our syllabus templates make your work easier! Templates are ADA accessible and include sample statements.

Higher Education Technology


Technology can be used creatively and effectively in the teaching and learning process. 

Virtual Enviornments

Virtual Environments

The cutting-edge technology of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and 360o videos are rapidly transforming the educational system while providing students with invaluable tools to help better prepare them for their future careers.

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