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Events Calendar

Throughout the year, the CTE hosts events catered to USC Faculty and Staff. Our events allow participants to explore a broad range of topics important to both novice and veteran college teachers. Most workshops are facilitated by veteran faculty from USC and are designed to be highly interactive.

November 2015

FLIP 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. Learn More

We invite faculty and students join us for this informal and informative conversation about civility and academic integrity in the classroom during Creed Week 2015. In this workshop, students and faculty will explore common expectations when it comes to civility and integrity on the college campus in the 21st century. Find out from students themselves what's working and what's not when it comes to this crucial topic. In turn, faculty will be able to share what they expect from students. There will be free lunch for everyone and great raffle prizes for a lucky few! Register

You have a great idea for an online or blended course. But what steps are involved in navigating the University’s approval process for distributed learning courses? This informative session will dispel the clouds of uncertainty as you move toward delivering your new or revised course online. Register

As educators, we want students to make lasting connections between course material and real-world applications. One way to accomplish this goal is through critical reflection. Join us as we explore ways to promote reflection through a variety of classroom and beyond-the-classroom activities. Participants will gain practical strategies for incorporating reflection into the curriculum and helping students apply knowledge in new contexts. Register

Look closely at your students. That tall lanky one might just be—a robot. Robots have been used in manufacturing for decades, more recently in medicine, and now in and beyond the classroom. Join us to learn how robots work, what robots can do and about the innovative robotic developments at USC. 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. Active learning strategies, however, 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, and the planning system necessary to incorporate them. Register

Like an actor on stage, an instructor with a strong, dynamic voice in the classroom can more easily engage students and promote learning. This interactive workshop will help you improve your vocal presence through practical exercises that focus on breath support, vocal projection and increasing vocal dynamics (how to vary volume, pitch, tempo and intonation). Register

Adobe® Presenter is an add-in for Microsoft® PowerPoint® that allows users to easily add narration over a PowerPoint presentation. The resulting presentation can be published to the Connect® (Breeze) server, and converted to a Flash® format. The link to the presentation can be added to a Blackboard class or webpage. Register

FLIP 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. Learn More

Team assignments are pedagogically sound and beneficial practices, but incorporating them effectively into course learning outcomes and managing them strategically in the classroom can be challenging. In this interactive workshop, Barbara Bolt and Lindsay McManus will share best practices for designing, detailing and assessing team projects in the undergraduate classroom. Register

Do students in your classes seem to struggle with the same issues each time you assign an essay or other writing project? Do you find yourself writing the same comments again and again each time you work through a stack of student papers? In this interactive workshop, Christy Friend will target five common problem areas for college writers. Drawing on recent research findings, she will discuss reasons why students find these aspects of writing especially challenging, then share practical strategies for preventing and addressing these problems. Register

 December 2015

FLIP 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. Learn More

Are you frustrated because your American students and colleagues can’t easily understand you? Do you struggle to convey course material and explanations in English with clarity and skill? In this workshop, Ann Janosik will share insights from the field of accent reduction about difficult features of American English pronunciation. She will then discuss concrete strategies for mastering those critical but elusive features. Participants will collaborate to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each other’s individual spoken English, and all participants will create a personal plan for effectively changing their accents. Register

Hear from USCPD what to do to keep your students and yourself safe. Response to an active shooter should be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter. This seminar is designed to provide guidance on what to do in a shooting incident, how to be prepared, how to think safely and how to recognize a potential problem, specifically in campus and classroom contexts. Register

FLIP 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. Learn More