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GTA/IA Workshops and Events

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to planning and implementing professional development programming for graduate teaching assistants. Graduate student workshops and events are designed to address teaching challenges unique to being a graduate student.

*Special Notice*

In order for attendees to personally track their current registrations and attendance at CTE workshops and events, CTE requires that registrants create an account in our registration system and login to register.  If you have an existing training account with the Division of Human Resources, Office of Organizational and Professional Development, you do not need to create an account. You can login using your HR training username and password. By logging in to register for CTE events, your complete record for both CTE and HR trainings will be available in a single location with a single account and login. 

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October 2021

Online courses present unique challenges and opportunities for both instructors and students. In this presentation, Ozgur Ince will discuss his experience converting a large introductory finance course from in-person to both synchronous and asynchronous online delivery. He will discuss best online teaching practices based on his experience and recent pedagogy. He will introduce strategies educators can utilize to tackle common challenges facing online learners, such as time management, lack of motivation, lack of interaction, and lack of community. He will also discuss alternative methods of delivery, student engagement using various online tools (such as polls, breakout groups, chat, discussion boards) and online assignments. The session will conclude with a question-and-answer session.  Register

All learners have varying needs and abilities. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) employs a variety of instructional methods to eliminate barriers to learning and offer all students opportunities for learning success. This interactive webinar presents the impact of accessibility and the integration of tools and resources that facilitate multi-modal learning for everyone, along with proven strategies for implementing accessibility and multi-modal learning into physical and digital classroom environments.

Participants will compare foundational concepts of universal design (UD), universal access (UA), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL); apply principles of UD, UA, and UDL to access the abilities of all students; and review instructional and assistive technologies as tools to facilitate Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.  Register

In this session, I will explain why I think all classes can incorporate some form of High Impact Practices (HIPs), particularly as either experiential or integrative learning. I will not only share some of the assignments I designed, but also how they helped build community among my students, got my students to ask better questions, and ended up as a better gauge of learning than the tests I used to give. By incorporating elements of experiential and integrative learning in intro-level courses, we can both build students’ metacognitive skills so they learn more in the classes they are currently taking, and also prepare students for more intensive experiential learning opportunities later on so that experiential and integrative learning feel increasingly natural and desired by our students.

Even courses that are not official Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs) can include experiential elements and having smaller-scale experiential learning assignments can prepare students for later, larger-scale projects. This should have the effect of making official ELOs more attractive to more students. After this session, participants should be ready to modify a current assignment, or to design one with current outcomes, so that it includes either experiential or integrative aspects, particularly focusing on critical reflection and connection between ideas learned in different fields.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Integrative and Experiential Learning.  Register

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching. At Oktoberbest you'll hear innovative teaching ideas and best practices implemented by your colleagues at UofSC. This teaching symposium features engaging and informative presentations on innovative approaches to teaching, assessments, course design, creative student learning opportunities, and successful implementation of new strategies and best practices.

All UofSC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to attend this free one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching. Oktoberbest is free to all who teach or support teaching at UofSC, but is not open to the general public.  Register

How do you keep your students focused during a 60+ minute online class? Do you notice long periods of silence during your class when you ask questions or you struggle to keep lively discussions going? This workshop will provide participants with practical tips and tools to keep students engaged in a synchronous online learning environment. Strategies to maintain interest and excitement throughout the semester will also be shared.  Register

The purpose of this workshop is to help faculty and instructors recognize emergencies and make appropriate decisions for first aid care. This workshop provides basic first aid knowledge when dealing with breathing issues, people with diabetes, fainting and injuries that participants need to know in order to provide immediate care for a suddenly ill or injured person until more advanced medical care arrives to take over.

This workshop is not designed to certify participants in first aid. This workshop is basic and general first aid knowledge.  

Are you interested in teaching online courses? In this webinar, we will explore the basics of online teaching and the components of an online course. As we walk through the 3Ds Instructional Design Model: Design, Develop and Deliver, you 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.   Register

Are you looking for ways to spice up your lesson plans? This presentation will examine ways of effectively integrating technology tools to foster an engaging learning environment.  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.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.   Register

Even if teaching is not your anticipated long-term career destination, your time as a graduate teaching assistant (TA) can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of your life. It is a time for experimentation, personal growth, and human connection with the potential to build self-confidence and other skills to prepare you for your post university career and help enable your students to do the same.

In this interactive workshop, we will discuss several actionable tips collected from both inside and outside the classroom and participate in some group activities designed to help maximize the benefits of the TA experience. The common theme of the workshop is to improve self-efficacy for you and your students. A few of the topics to be discussed are the importance of (and ways to) build real connections with your students, time management frameworks, and using storytelling as a vehicle to build community and enhance learning in your classroom. The workshop will be concluded with an informal Q and A session.  Register

Faculty job postings regularly request a diversity statement, in addition to teaching and research statements. These written essays from job applicants help search committees identify candidates who have the skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that enhance campus diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. 

You Have a Story

How do you approach writing a diversity statement? What should it say and what are search committees looking for? What can be included -- research, teaching & service activities, or values, views and future goals? What if you feel you haven’t expeirenced any DEI situations personally? This workshop will guide you in exploring your personal experiences and help you determine what to emphasize and include in your statement. You will learn what aspects of faculty life contribute to an institution’s DEI mission, and how best to illustrate your personal commitment to DEI goals using facets of your own experiences. You DO have a story to tell. Learn how to write a diversity statement that stands out!   Register

November 2021

The responsibilities of all instructors includes grading student work to quantify progress of students' learning. Yet grading objectively involves numerous important considerations and strategies, many of which instructors are often not aware or have not sufficiently reflected upon. When grading for any course, an instructor should first reflect on their 'grading philosophy'. What is it, and how does your philosophy compare to instructors in other courses and departments... and why should that matter?

How can instructors ensure consistency, fairness, and objectivity across students and different types of assessments, and just as importantly, how will they remain efficient when grading large numbers of assignments, or across multiple sections? Best practices, tips, and helpful strategies for how to grade objectively and efficiently will be discussed, along with practice examples for illustration. In addition, exploration of effective rubric usage and techniques for quick, effective feedback during grading will be provided in this interactive workshop.  Register

Join us for a three-part series of webinars in which you will learn the three Ds of online course instruction: Design, Develop, and Deliver. Whether you're a veteran or new to online teaching, you'll be glad you took an hour to learn the key elements of developing a successful DL course at UofSC.

In the first interactive session, we'll cover how to Design your online course for maximum student learning. With an emphasis on planning your course, this webinar will help you draft an effective syllabus and create measurable learning objectives using Bloom's Taxonomy action verbs. We will also be discussing the key principles for good instruction that lay the foundation for making your online course active, cooperative and relevant.  Register

In the first interactive session, we'll cover how to Design your online course for maximum student learning. With an emphasis on planning your course, this webinar will help you draft an effective syllabus and create measurable learning objectives using Bloom's Taxonomy action verbs. We will also be discussing the key principles for good instruction that lay the foundation for making your online course active, cooperative and relevant.  Register

This webinar covers how to Develop the materials and structure for your online course. You'll learn what makes a high-quality and accessible online course, how to choose or create instructional materials and rubrics, how to best organize your course information and materials in Blackboard, and how to select video recording and web conferencing tools for asynchronous and synchronous courses. Register

It’s time to start thinking about your Spring or Summer course! Where do you start? What details and requirements must be included? How can you revise your course assessments and activities to make it flow better, and align to your priorities? Join other faculty in this two-part webinar series to help you get started and address these kinds of questions.

Part 2, 'Planning, Policies, Particulars” (of the Schedule, Policies, and Other Important Aspects) involves the bigger picture planning stage - how can those assessments and activities fit together, or be organized into a cohesive series of modules as part of a larger whole? What works best with respect to in-person, synchronous, or asynchronous learning? What aspects of activities and assessments need to be considered (e.g. grading, time management), and what else should be included or revised? Both parts of this series will be highly interactive, with other faculty colleague participants playing an important part in contributing ideas and recommendations and producing a positive webinar outcome for every participant. Bounce ideas off each other, hear what others are doing, while following along with the webinar facilitator's steps for development and recommendations. Bring a past syllabus to start working on it as we go through the webinar!  Register

This webinar covers how to Deliver your online course for maximum impact. Join us to learn how to build rapport with students, foster a community of learners and provide meaningful feedback. The session will end with tips to consider to facilitate an engaging and successful online course.  Register


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