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Student Online Course

GSTO 5th Cohort Graduates

CTE is pleased to announce the fifth cohort of “Getting Started Teaching Online” graduates. Offered with support from the Office of the Provost each semester since Spring 2015, this intensive eight-week online course introduces faculty members to distributed learning pedagogy, best teaching practices, and USC resources related to online teaching.

Participants who complete the program receive a $500 grant, a certificate, and a letter of recognition. CTE director Christy Friend notes that “Getting Started Teaching Online” is a great opportunity for beginning online teachers. “Many faculty are interested in teaching online courses—or know that they will be asked to do so in the near future—but don’t know where to start. "Getting Started Teaching Online" provides them with the basics in a supportive, interactive format, led by one of our CTE instructional design professionals.” She adds that “It’s especially gratifying to see how each "Getting Started Teaching Online" cohort develops a sense of community that continues even after the course has ended. Many participants continue to stay in touch, share ideas, and troubleshoot issues as they teach their online courses.”

Congratulations to our Spring 2017 graduates:

  • Leila Chelbi, Mass Communication
  • Edward Cox, Educational Leadership
  • Deborah Hazzard, Management
  • Tom Hughes, Accounting
  • Phillip Parker, Business Administration and Finance (USC Lancaster)
  • Lisa Sisk, Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Sandy Strick, Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
  • Jennifer Vendemia, Psychology