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Graduate Students Take Teaching Skills Online

21 graduate students from USC have earned a certificate of completion for the spring 2018 offering of Teaching Online for Graduate Students (TOGS). Facilitated by CTE instructional developer Casey Carroll, TOGS is an online short course offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence. The goal of the eight-week online course is to support and develop a community of graduate students prepared to develop and teach high-quality online courses. Course topics include:

  • Recognizing online learning best practices
  • Revising a syllabus for an online course
  • Creating measurable learning outcomes/objectives
  • Describing the course design and development process
  • Using Blackboard and other instructional technology tools
  • Producing accessible course materials
  • Collaborating and network with peers

The feedback from graduate students was postive with participants learning new skills for both online and face-to-face teaching.

"The information provided was very valuable as it helped define many of the quality measures and requirements of online coursework and course design at USC."

"One thing that I found appealing about this course is that it provided exposure to several foundational concepts of education, pedagogy, and course design (e.g. Bloom's taxonomy, learning outcomes, active learning). I'm not an education major, but these were useful concepts to study and apply in my teaching. I don't know if or when I will have the opportunity to teach a fully online course, but the strategies for online teaching that I learned have been extremely helpful for my labs with a Blackboard flipped learning component."

Are you a graduate student who is new to online learning or interested in teaching an online course? Would you like to boost your teaching credentials and learn new skills? Teaching Online for Graduate Students for Fall 2018 is now accepting applications. Apply

For more information, contact Casey Carroll at

About the Facilitator

Casey Carroll is an instructional developer with the Center for Teaching Excellence at USC. Casey is responsible for working with the instructional design team to support faculty who are teaching online, producing technology-enabled course materials and assisting with quality assurance course reviews. Prior to joining CTE, Casey designed curriculum for professional training and leadership development. Casey has also taught First-Year English and English as a Second Language at the University of South Carolina. He holds a master’s degree in linguistics from USC and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and psychology from Pacific Lutheran University.


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