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Flipped Classroom

Active and Flipped Learning

Research indicates that well-designed flipped and active learning courses may have significant advantages over traditional lecture-based courses. The Center for Teaching Excellences offers workshops and events designed to help you move your students to higher levels of learning through flipped and active learning course development.

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August 2017

As higher education evolves and our student body diversifies, teaching today’s undergraduate students has significantly increased in complexity. This interactive workshop will explore research and best practices in engaging and supporting “Generation Z” — students born after 1995 — in the classroom and beyond, addressing motivation, expectations, technology use and approaches to learning.  Register

September 2017

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information

Writing is one of the most difficult tasks that every student must face in college. Mastering the skills and conventions of university-level composition can be frustrating for undergraduates. This workshop will explore strategies that instructors can use to empower their students to engage the writing process and  to effectively employ compositional principles in writing assignments.  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

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information

All USC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to participate in the seventh annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching. Join colleagues from across USC campuses for this free one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching. The event will include lunch with our keynote speaker, Ken Bain, a choice of Concurrent Sessions presented by your colleagues at USC and a 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

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information

The ability to ask "good" questions - thought-provoking, critical thinking, at a deeper level of thinking - and the application of this technique in discussion sections and courses, is often an overlooked and underdeveloped skill of instructors. With experience, what instructors find is that even discussion sessions take significant planning and preparation as well as practice. In this workshop, effective methodologies and best practices for asking good questions, techniques and styles for leading and facilitating classroom discussions as well as directing student responses will be addressed and modeled. Instructors at all levels of teaching and experience are welcome!  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

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information

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

Active learning is a student-centered approach in which pre-planned activities are used to engage the student as an active participant in their learning. Techniques such as think-pair-share, one-minute paper and other such exercises have been shown to improve student learning and retention of material and can enhance the presentation format of a course. However, active learning strategies can be difficult for new instructors to implement because they require preparation and skills in guiding and moderating the learning activity.  In this workshop, we will examine the three fundamental principles of learning integrated into active learning techniques, explore the planning system necessary to incorporate them and attendees will actively participate in numerous active learning techniques applicable to a wide range of classroom settings. Join us to learn helpful tips on what you can do, how to do it, and why active learning in the classroom is important to student learning.  Register

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information

December 2017

FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information