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New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation will be held Friday, August 12, 2022 at the University Conference Center,  1705 College Street, Close Hipp Building, Suite 800, Columbia, SC  29208 . 

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, 2021, including those hired for Spring, Summer and Fall 2022 terms.

New Faculty Orientation is not for Adjunct Faculty. A special, virtual Adjunct Faculty Orientation will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2022 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Adjunct Faculty Orientation is online ONLY. Register for Adjunct Faculty Orientation.

Please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at if you have questions concerning 2022 New Faculty Orientation.

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 2022

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, Blackboard Annotate, makes grading easy. Learn how to provide meaningful feedback to your students through comments, virtual stamps, edit marks, and more.  Register

Panopto is an all-in-one video management platform built into Blackboard. In this session, attendees will learn how to create and manage video learning content in Panopto that can be easily integrated into Blackboard courses. 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 how to create assignments and tests in your Blackboard Ultra course, including a sneak peek at a new, streamlined grading process. Bring your questions and be prepared to play in your Ultra sandbox!  Register

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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