- Enhance the pedagogical knowledge and effectiveness of all who teach at USC in the classroom, online, and beyond.
- Support the design and development of high-quality distributed learning courses and fosters best practices in online teaching.
- Increase faculty knowledge, skills and dispositions related to developing and assessing students’ integrative learning abilities.
- Plan and implement professional development programs for graduate teaching assistants.
- Fosters partnerships and leverages support for programs that enhance conditions for teaching and learning at the university.
- Engage in ongoing communication, planning and evaluation processes that result in the continuous improvement of CTE programs and services.
During fiscal year 2015-2016:
- CTE programs provided 9,522 countable hours of in-person professional development for faculty and graduate students.
- We sponsored or co-sponsored 111 seminars and workshops, the university’s New Faculty Orientation, and the annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching Conference.
- We launched a New Faculty Academy certificate program and facilitated 16 other faculty learning groups, including 6 grant cohorts, 6 communities of practice, and 4 short courses.
- In partnership with other units, we coordinated 8 teaching grant competitions.
- CTE directors and senior staff conducted 213 hours of individual faculty consultations.
- Average attendance at CTE events increased in FY16 for the fourth consecutive year (up 87.1% since FY12), participation in our communities of practice and cohort-based programs more than doubled, and attendee evaluation ratings were consistently positive.
Our instructional design team:
- Helped faculty develop 432 distributed learning courses to date.
- Conducted 306 hours of individual course-design consultations,
- Presented 29 technology training workshops,
- Presented at 15 conferences and professional meetings
- Published 2 refereed journal articles.
We led and continued to enhance the university’s TA training program, including:
- 4 full-day GTA Orientation workshops attended by 493 students
- A teaching-assistant preparation course (GRAD 701) enrolling approximately 343 students.
- For advanced graduate students and post-docs, CTE offered a 21 teaching and professional development workshops designed especially for TAs,
- Preparing Future Faculty certificate program with 152 participants (up 7% over FY15),
- more than a dozen co-sponsored professional development workshops.