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New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation

The Office of the Provost sponsors New Faculty Orientation (NFO) to help all new faculty make a smooth, enjoyable transition to the University. This welcome and orientation session is for all new full-time faculty: tenure-track, research, clinical, instructors and lecturers who have been hired since August 15, 2020, including those hired for Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 terms. New Faculty Orientation is not for Adjunct Faculty. A special orientation for Adjunct Faculty will be held at a later date.

New Faculty Orientation will be held Friday, August 13, 2021 at the Office of Continuing Education and Conferences - 1705 College Street, Close Hipp Building, Suite 800, Columbia, SC  29208 . Please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at cte@mailbox.sc.edu if you have questions concerning 2021 New Faculty Orientation.

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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.

eLearning Services Blackboard Workshops

eLearning Services supports UofSC faculty by providing training and personalized assistance for Blackboard and other academic technologies. Blackboard is a web-based Learning Management System designed to allow students and faculty to participate in classes delivered online or use online materials and activities to complement face-to-face teaching. Blackboard enables instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, online testing, a live presentation platform, tools to make content more accessible, and more.

eLearning Services is offering Blackboard webinars to give new faculty the opportunity to see the academic technologies they will use to facilitate online or hybrid courses. New faculty members will view presentations and participate in Q&As so they can move forward in their course preparations with confidence.

For more information, contact eLearning Services at 803.777.1800

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August 2021

Blackboard’s new Ultra Course View is a simpler and more modern course experience for instructors and students. In this webinar, participants will learn how to create content, access course tools, facilitate student discussions, grade assignments, and more!   Register

Blackboard’s new Ultra Course View is a simpler and more modern course experience for instructors and students. In this webinar, participants will become more familiar with Gradebook in UCV courses. eLearning Services will demonstrate how to create Gradebook items, enter and post grades, and set up the Overall grade.  Register

Learn how to set up Blackboard assignments and SafeAssign plagiarism detection.  Register

Learn how to hold meetings or teach a class with this convenient and reliable web conferencing tool. With Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, instructors can record sessions, share materials, allow participants to chat with each other, use a digital whiteboard, allow participants to share presentations, and more.  Register

Blackboard’s new Ultra Course View is a simpler and more modern course experience for instructors and students. In this webinar, participants will become more familiar with Gradebook in UCV courses. eLearning Services will demonstrate how to create Gradebook items, enter and post grades, and set up the Overall grade.  Register

In this session, participants will learn how to use the Blackboard Grade Center to their advantage and manage grades more efficiently. Creating and managing categories, weighting grades, dropping grades, downloading grades to work offline and using Smart Views are some of the topics to be covered. We welcome users with any level of experience, but this course is designed for instructors or graders who are already comfortable with Grade Center basics.  Register

iClicker Cloud is a is a mobile-optimized engagement platform designed to facilitate student, educator and institutional collaboration. iClicker works in tandem with Blackboard and Grade Center, making it an easy tool to integrate into your courses. iClicker allows instructors and students to interact and engage students in real time, ask questions and instantly receive student responses, spot misconceptions, take attendance and more. Our Assignments feature adds an asynchronous option allowing for pre-class assignments, self-paced work, team breakouts, lab work and more.  Register

Blackboard’s new Ultra Course View is a simpler and more modern course experience for instructors and students. In this webinar, participants will learn how to create content, access course tools, facilitate student discussions, grade assignments, and more!   Register

Blackboard offers many ways to engage your students using a variety of collaboration tools. Learn how to use Discussion Boards, blogs, wikis, and journals to encourage your students to communicate and collaborate in an effective and creative way. Register

Blackboard’s new Ultra Course View is a simpler and more modern course experience for instructors and students. In this webinar, participants will learn how to create content, access course tools, facilitate student discussions, grade assignments, and more!   Register

Blackboard’s inline grading feature just got a lot easier to use. New Box View has been replaced with Blackboard Annotate. When you go to grade an assignment or a discussion forum, you will see the new Blackboard Annotate feature. You will be able to draw comments, make edit marks, type comments and more with this new feature. Participants will learn about the many new options to provide meaningful feedback to your students.  Register

Using a rubric not only lets your students know what you expect of them, but it also makes grading assignments more efficient. This session will cover the Blackboard rubric tool. Learn how to create and reuse rubrics you can easily attach to an assignment or to a Grade Center column, simplifying the grading process and ensuring objectivity and fairness.  Register

Have you ever thought about making your course materials more inclusive in Blackboard? Dip your toe in the water of Universal Design for Learning by learning about student accommodations, including exceptions for test and assignment submissions, and discover the alternative formats automatically available to your students through Blackboard Ally. A few simple changes could make a huge difference in your students’ level of engagement and success in your course.  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.  Register


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