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Distributed Learning/Technology

CTE sponsors workshops, seminars, and other events that allow participants to explore a broad range of topics important to the development of high-quality distributed learning courses.

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August 2017

The USC Division of Information Technology (formerly University Technology Services) will host the annual BEST Institute from August 22–23. BEST (Blackboard Educational Software Technologies) provides faculty and instructors the opportunity to explore new technologies and broaden their skills in Blackboard, VoiceThread, i>Clicker and more! Sessions will be held across the Columbia campus during the two-day conference. Be prepared to meet and interact with colleagues while learning to take your classroom instruction to a different level.  More Information

The USC Division of Information Technology (formerly University Technology Services) will host the annual BEST Institute from August 22–23. BEST (Blackboard Educational Software Technologies) provides faculty and instructors the opportunity to explore new technologies and broaden their skills in Blackboard, VoiceThread, i>Clicker and more! Sessions will be held across the Columbia campus during the two-day conference. Be prepared to meet and interact with colleagues while learning to take your classroom instruction to a different level.  More Information

September 2017

Are you looking for light at the end of a long, dark, tunnel of grading?  Searching for a more efficient way to evaluate student work while providing meaningful feedback?  Then, this session is for you!  A rubric is a pre-determined set of content and quality guidelines that can speed up grading, as well as provide consistency and richer feedback in your courses.  Join us to see how you can develop a simple grading rubric and use the interactive rubric feature in Blackboard to simplify grading.  Register

Research suggests that more than half of all college students admit to cheating. The apparently limitless potential for dishonest behavior in online courses has caused some higher education professionals to become pseudo-vigilantes, while others seem only vaguely aware that a problem exists. Is there a balanced approach to reducing the opportunities for dishonest behavior in our distributed learning courses? Careful course design, appropriate tools, and fostering a culture of ethics can reduce the likelihood of these behaviors occurring. In this session, the presenters will share the latest tools as well as time-tested best practices for “keeping it clean” in your online course.  Register

October 2017

"Stop!  You've played enough video games today!  Stop!"  Has any parent not experienced the video game syndrome?  Wish your students were as engaged with your class as they are with the game?  Want to know why they keep playing?  Is it only fun and games or do students learn skills that can be applied to school?  Do games offer elements that could be incorporated into a class to advance learning?  Join us to understand more about games and education.  Register

Teaching online classes, face to face, hybrid? Interested in new and exciting ways to deliver content to your students? Looking for technologies in which to engage your students? Then this is a session for you! Heather Moorefield-Lang from the School of Library and Information Science will take you through some of her favorite online tools for teaching and learning. This will be a jam-packed session of great online tools and applications. Join us during this webinar with your favorite technology nearby to interact with the instruction more fully during the session.  Register

November 2017

Today’s Generation Z students are constantly communicating through the use of video and audio. This interactive workshop will discuss the benefits of and demonstrate using VoiceThread (a free multimedia tool build into the Blackboard LMS).  Using VoiceThread, faculty members and learners can help create a better social presence in the online environment.   Research has shown that if social presence increases, so does the learner’s overall course satisfaction.  During the session, Drs. Ryan Rucker and Marianne Bickle will demonstrate how the implementation of VoiceThread technology that brings student interaction in a distributed learning course to a humanistic level between learners and between the learners and the instructor. The teaching strategies used by the researchers mimics the face-to-face course outcomes used for decades when instructors enhance students (a) speaking, (b) writing and (c) responding to others. The breakthrough in this scenario is that learners are achieving these outcomes in a distributed learning course.  Register

Do you want to know the secrets to being an effective online teacher?  In this webinar, Dr. Sher Downing will share these with you to help you be the best teacher you can in your online classes!  Join us for the Seven Habits of Online Teachers, where you will learn what great faculty members do to engage their online students and ensure successful learning outcomes.  Register