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Adjunct Faculty Orientation

On Monday, August 21, 2023 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. new USC adjunct faculty are invited to participate in a virtual 90 minute orientation session sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Although the session is targeted at new adjunct faculty, all adjunct faculty are invited to attend.

This session will cover the following: 

  • Logistics, including the Blackboard learning management system, the Banner registration and grading system, and syllabus templates.
  • Tips for effective teaching, including active learning, experiential learning, effective assessment, and presentation styles.
  • Practical issues including academic integrity, managing attendance, dealing with disruptive students, technical support, parking, and navigating the university bureaucracy.

Adjunct Faculty Orientation is Online ONLY. The session will be conducted in Blackboard Collaborate. A Blackboard account is not required to attend. A guest link for Blackboard Collaborate will be provided when you register. 

Adjunct Orientation Schedule

5:30-5:35  Welcome
5:35 6:10  Overview of Blackboard
6:10-6:40  Overview of Pedagogy and CTE Resources
6:40-6:50  Practical Tips
6:50-7:00  General Questions and Answers

Register for Adjunct Faculty Orientation Fall 2023

CTE Events Calendar

Remember to check the CTE Events Calendar for events that are facilitated by veteran faculty and allow participants to explore a broad range of topics important to both novice and veteran college teachers in a format designed to be highly interactive. 

Instructional Design Support

CTE's Instructional Design team can help you prepare courses and will be happy to consult with you about selecting the best combination of tools, resources, and teaching practices to develop courses and course components for face-to-face, hybrid and fully online courses.

Our instructional design team can assist you in:

  • Designing detailed and organized syllabi.
  • Developing course outcomes and objectives for your students.
  • Creating easy-to-navigate and accessible courses.
  • Incorporating multiple methods to check student learning.
  • identifying  the instructional technologies that support your teaching style, course objectives and activities and enhance the learning experience for your students. 
  • Designing, developing and delivering online courses either in a fully online, blended, or hybrid format.

Whether starting a course from scratch, enhancing a current course or moving a course to online instruction, we can help.

To consult with a member of our instructional design team or learn more about our instructional design services, Schedule an Instructional Design Consultation.

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