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Once upon a time, there were limited ways to communicate. Professionals used telephone, memos, and fax messages. Things have certainly changed. Now, there are so many communication channels it’s difficult to know which is more effective for various audiences. Come hear about a few communication methods that have gained popularity, when to use them, and how to analyze your audience to determine the best channel to use. Register
Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community. Learn about the ways in which the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University's effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion. Register
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.This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments. Register
Creating an environment of integrity within the classroom truly takes a village. Faculty, administrators, and students all play a role in maintaining an ethical campus community. This workshop will explore preventative tools to address classroom roadblocks. This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments. 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. This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments. 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
The Grade Center is more than just a way to record students' grades. It is a dynamic and interactive tool, allowing instructors to record data, calculate grades and monitor student progress. In the Grade Center, instructors can provide and manage students' grades for a variety of assessments, including assignments, tests, discussion board posts, journals, blogs, and wikis. Faculty can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements that require grading but do not require submission through Blackboard, such as special projects, presentation, participation or attendance. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop. Register
Surprisingly, most higher education instructors and faculty are not required to have
received specific training on how to write a syllabus, or even more, develop a quality
course. Often course syllabi are borrowed and modified from prior semesters, and thus
instructors may find that their course is just not leading to the learning they had
expected for their students. How can these issues be resolved? For a quality course
that engenders deep and meaningful learning, instructors need to write the syllabus
from the perspective of what the student will achieve and design realistic, meaningful
outcomes and associated curriculum to do so.
In this workshop, we will outline the framework for developing a syllabus for a course of your choosing, using the conceptual framework of “Backward Design” (Wiggins and McTighe, 2005). We’ll discuss the importance of (and practice crafting) thoughtfully designed learning outcomes, and then work backward to develop appropriate assessments, meaningful class learning activities, and finally, determine the most effective method for teaching that activity.
Other guidelines and advice for syllabus development will be discussed, including analysis of examples of good and bad syllabus construction. Participants will receive feedback and ideas from instructors in other disciplines in a small, informal group setting and leave with concrete ideas and recommendations for syllabus construction Register
This session will provide an overview of best practices for creating an online lecture with closed captioning to meet course accessibility needs. The presenters will first discuss online lecture recording options on campus, including the Office of Distributed Learning’s course production studios that are available to faculty and instructors. Next, they will present best practices to create an effective and engaging lecture video. Then, the presenters will direct participants to and demonstrate the resources available for creating closed captioning for lecture and other videos to ensure the content is accessible to all students. Register
The presentation will address the educational applications of 360° videos and how they can be an effective tool to increase engagement, which several studies have shown is considered an important predictor of student achievement. The presenters will begin by describing how they are working to assist interested faculty to select, create, and edit 360° video for appropriate courses. They will also provide examples of ways in which to implement 360° videos into courses to increase learner engagement with course content as well as share existing 360° video resources.
One of the presenters will also explain how she is using 360° videos in her course, Principles of Retailing, including how she selected and created the 360° video content focusing on visual merchandising and store design and layout. The presentation will end with a demonstration of a 360° video. Participants will leave the presentation with a better understanding of how to use 360° videos in their courses, a list of resources for existing 360° videos appropriate for use in higher education courses, and the presenters’ contact information should they need assistance with creating and editing 360° videos for their courses. Register
Learn how to post assignments, load files, receive student input and files, organize information, and grade assignments using the Assignment Manager. Discover how to check for plagiarism using SafeAssign. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop. Register
Learn to create tests and surveys, to use pools of questions while creating these items, and to modify the deployment rules for individuals or groups of students. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop. Register
Virtual reality (VR) provides an immersive experience (e.g., videogames and movies) or simulates presence in a real-world environment (e.g., watching a sporting event or visiting a foreign location). This presentation will discuss and provide a demonstration of one piece of VR equipment, the Oculus Go, a portable, all-in-one VR, and review the educational applications of apps available on the device. Apps that will be discussed include:
- AltSpaceVR which is a social platform for virtual reality that allows users to meet with people from anywhere around the world and could be used to create a virtual classroom or learning space
- ENGAGE which is a VR social platform that allows educators to host meetings, classes, private lessons and presentations with people from all over the world in a safe, virtual, multi-user environment
- Wander which uses data from Google Streetview and allows users to teleport almost anywhere in the world and can let students virtually visit locations that they cannot visit physically
- Art Plunge which is a gallery of famous paintings that allows users to go inside and explore the scene
- Apps providing immersive experiences in the medical field such as The Body VR, Human Anatomy, and VLIPPmed.
- Apps providing immersive video experiences such as BBC VR, YouTube VR, and National Geographic VR.
Participants will leave the presentation with a better understanding of how to use the Oculus Go and a list of apps that can be used for educational purposes if they are interested in implementing VR into their courses. Register
Hear from USCPD what to do to keep your students and yourself safe. 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