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Center for Teaching Excellence

  • FPLE Fall 2019 Graduates

Fostering Proactive Learning Environments

Managing a classroom is more than just being an expert in your field of study. Whether you are a tenured faculty or a new instructor, this certificate program will assist you in:

  • Understanding today’s student and how to structure your class to foster a sense of belonging
  • Developing proactive and reactive strategies for handling academic misconduct
  • Practicing how to avoid and address classroom conflicts

Program Requirements

  • Attend four primary sessions
  • Complete two elective sessions

Participants will have 3 academic semesters (not including summer semesters) to complete the certificate.

Click on the "+" sign next to each event to see description.

Required Workshops

Clearly articulating classroom expectations helps to set the foundation for a mutually beneficial course. Research shows that persistence and retention is connected to student's sense of belonging. Furthermore, students who engage in quality interactions with faculty are retained at a higher rate (Astin 1977, 1993).

As a faculty member, it is important to assist in developing this sense of belonging and aid in students persistence and retention. This session will cover pedagogical strategies and ways to negotiate positive norms within your classroom to assist you in developing a meaningful academic environment.  Register

As the university shifts to remote teaching, it is important to create and maintain an online environment of integrity. Faculty, administrators, and students all play a role in maintaining an ethical campus community. This webinar will explore trends in the online classroom, and tools and best practices to promote academic integrity in the creation and implementation of final assessments.  Register

In this session we will discuss the academic misconduct trends we are seeing online and in person with our students. Additionally, we will discuss how to identify and address these common violations while maintaining a productive instructor/student relationship. Lastly, we will discuss how to report a concern of academic misconduct and ways to address the concern with your students(s).  Register

Engaging in conflict is challenging whether you are an experienced instructor or new to your role. A likely strategy is to ignore the behavior due to our own discomfort, concern over retaliation or fear that our intervention may cause more harm or disruption. Through case study examples this workshop will explore Gerald Amada’s research from Coping with Misconduct in the College Classroom and provide participants with tangible strategies to disruptive behavior in a confident and fair manner.  Register

Elective Workshops

In a world where updates to apps, software, and hardware are changing constantly, how do we decide when we actually need a new piece of technology? Are we incorporating technology just for the sake of using it, or is it being used to assist and meet our needs? This workshop will discuss some methods and steps that can be used to select what technology best fit your needs.  Register

Participants will learn how the University defines as hazing (STAF 3.05), how to recognize the signs of hazing, how to report hazing at UofSC, and the critical role faculty/staff/TAs play in keeping our campus a safe environment.  Register

The diversity in USC classrooms is rapidly increasing to include students from a range of countries and linguistic background. With all of the benefits that come from having a global classroom, there are challenges that are presented by this shift. As students try to succeed in a language that they do not natively speak and in a country where the cultural differences can be confusing and overwhelming, these challenges often come to light in the classroom. This session will give you 10 key tips for ensuring that your international students successfully learn the material and meet your expectations in the classroom. This workshop has been expanded to include tips for the online/hybrid delivery of coursework during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Register 

Are you interested in teaching online courses? In this workshop, participants will learn about the design, development, and delivery of online courses. As we walk through the 3Ds: Design, Development, and Delivery, participants will be introduced to best practices for online teaching in preparation for modifying a current face-to-face course for online delivery or creating a new online course. Participants will also learn about technology and instructional design support available to all who teach at UofSC.  Register

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