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Past Recipients

3Ds Boot Camp: Design, Develop, and Deliver an Online Course Grant

The Center for Teaching Excellence awarded eight USC faculty members grants to participate in the 2nd cohort of the "3Ds Bootcamp: Design, Develop, and Deliver an Online Course." The goal of the 3Ds Bootcamp was to equip faculty members with the skills they need to launch a top-notch online course. Phase I included daily participation in a weeklong face-to-face training workshop conducted in May 2018 at the Center for Teaching Excellence. Phase II began immediately thereafter, and required continued collaboration with a designated CTE instructional designer and completion of the online course development in accordance with the university’s quality assurance standards. 

Award Recipients 2018

Daniel A. Brown, Analysis and Applications of Project Management Software (ITEC 560)
Adjunct Instructor
Senior Director of Instructional and Information Technology
College of Pharmacy

Daniel Brown designed the ITEC-560 course to provide an overview of the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) and an in-depth training of Microsoft Project 2016. This course is essential for Integrated Information Technology (IIT) majors as it encourages proficiency with Microsoft Project software and enhances their experiences by working through a project scenario as members of a project team.  One of the main goals of Daniel’s revision was to condense a 14-week traditional course into a high-quality online 6-week course, while maintaining or increasing student engagement.     

Daniel Brown

Jean Ellis, Introduction to Physical Geography (GEOG 104)
Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Jean Ellis, Associate Professor of Geography, is converting GEOG 104 from a traditional to online course.  GEOG 104 is a Carolina Core course which fulfills the SCI requirement, and synthesizes and connects elements of our physical environment as they relate to human beings. It includes many aspects of various earth and life sciences, but expresses them in a way that emphasizes patterns of interaction between elements and with humankind.  The goal of this project is to convert this traditional 3-credit hour course into an innovative, highly engaging online version that maintains the integrity of the in-person instructional activities.  Her aim is to provide a flexible learning opportunity for students as well as being able to support her department’s objective of increasing enrollment. The main thrusts for the conversation of the course are to achieve accessibility accommodation, to create an innovative delivery of course activities, and to increase student engagement.

Jean Ellis

Kurt Goblirsch, Viking Mythology (GERM 290)
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

College of Arts and Sciences

Kurt Goblirsch has offered Viking Mythology, the overview of the Germanic gods and goddesses and Germanic heroic poetry in their Scandinavian variant, for over 20 years.  The course satisfies the Carolina Core requirements for a foundation level course in Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding, Humanities requirement, and Literature requirement. The development of an online version of this course would include a platform for distributing lecture notes and power points presentations as well as enriching the course by adding online visual and audio components such as illustrations, artists renderings, maps, videos, and audio renditions of poetry.  Given the recent popularity of the subject matter of this class and the availability of lively, colorful, and engaging resources, this would be an ideal course for online delivery.  One of the main goals of converting this course to an online format is to increase opportunities for students to take this Carolina Core class online.

Kurt Goblirsch

Catherine Gutshall, Foundations of Nurse Anesthesia (ANES 700)
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director of Nurse Anesthesia Program
Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience
School of Medicine

Catherine Gutshall designed ANES 700 to meet the needs of the students in the Nurse Anesthesia graduate program.  The School of Medicine is moving towards offering a doctoral degree in Nurse Anesthesia which will require a 36-month commitment from the students enrolled in the program.  To reduce the financial burden to the students from increased costs and the loss of potential earnings, the program determined that an online component allowing students to complete the first two semesters online was beneficial.  This design will allow the student to complete the introductory coursework while continuing to work full time, if desired. Through this 3D’s Bootcamp Grant, Catherine hoped to gain information and assistance in creating a totally online course that her program will use in the second semester of the program. Offering this course online will benefit the students in her department greatly by providing the nurse anesthesia department an opportunity to communicate with new students and facilitating a sense of belonging and cohesiveness before the students first come to campus for classes.

Catherine Gutshall

Barry Markovsky, Sociology of the Paranormal (SOCY 330)

College of Arts and Sciences

Barry Markovsky participated in online course development five years ago and was ready to expand his knowledge and experience in distributive learning.  He designed the Sociology of the Paranormal course from scratch by building content and implementing delivery and assessment methods without the aid of a compilation of publishers’ materials.  This course is well-suited to distributed learning. This online design will help to reach more students by addressing their interests and expectations for teaching and learning methods.  The development process will enable Barry to increase his effectiveness as an educator and will allow the department to expand the course listings by offering online courses with greater student enrollment capacity.  The course reflects a variety of popular topics which are enhanced by the inclusion of audio and video clips, info-graphics, traditional data charts, and other media.  Barry had a goal of developing course that, from the students’ perspective, is attractive, innovative, and engaging.

Barry Markovsky

Gabrielle Peterson, Understanding and Appreciation of Theatre (THEA 200)
Adjunct Faculty
Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Gabrielle Peterson created and developed a distributed learning adaptation of a traditional face to face course: THEA 200: Understanding and Appreciation of Theatre. THEA 200 is a Carolina Core course and is required for theatre minors. As a result, this course is of interest to the population of the entire student body, regularly enrolls hundreds of students each semester, and has served thousands of students over the past five years. With the Department of Theatre and Dance, Gabrielle would like to make theatre courses more accessible to the wider student body by offering this course in an online format, allowing more people to access the course and to save valuable classroom space and resources. In doing so, the department is also supporting the wider university mission to “promote the dissemination of knowledge, cultural enrichment, and an enhanced quality of life” by providing an Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding Carolina Core course in a manner that not only serves the needs of the department and the College of Arts and Sciences but that also provides accessibility and flexibility that will appeal to and serve a wider segment of the student population.

Gabrielle Peterson

Eric P. Robinson, Law and Ethics of Mass Communications (JOUR 303)
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Eric Robinson, Assistant Professor, developed an online version of JOUR 303, a required course for all majors within the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Offering this course online will allow for increased student enrollment and freeing of classroom space for the college. The online component includes an emphasis on audio-visual components that illustrate the material that led to legal cases as well as explanations of the courts' rulings.

Eric Robinson

Mark S. Rosenbaum, Principles of Customer Service (RETL 362)
Chair and Professor
College of Hospitality, Retailing, and Sport Management

Mark Rosenbaum, Chair of the Department of Retailing, developed RETL 362 as an online course. RETL 362 is a required course in the College of Hospitality, Retailing, and Sport Management (HSRM) Event Management Minor and will also serve as an alternative required course in Retailing; it will be available to all students in both the College of HRSM and the university. This course will be provided in both online and in-person formats to provide convenience for student enrollment.  The goal of RETL 362 is to prepare students for successful management careers in service industries, including retailing, e-commerce (Internet), hospitality/tourism, food/beverage, and sports/event/music organizations.  The field of customer service is a well-defined paradigm in business, health care, education, social work, retailing, fashion merchandising, hospitality, food/service, and event management. Students, in all of these aforementioned fields, may all benefit by understanding their organization’s role in creating satisfied customers and in ensuring that their customers’ obtain value during their consumption experiences.  Indeed, just replace customer with patient, student, client, fan, patron, attendee, user, and so forth, and you can see the prowess of this course.

Mark Rosenbaum

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