Self-Paced Professional Development Courses
These self-paced professional development courses are available in a variety of topics related to teaching and learning. Courses are delivered online in Blackboard and faculty may complete them at their own pace. Certificates are provided at the completion of the course.
To enroll in a course, please contact Bettina Mozie, Training Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Can I Gauge Online Learning Through Engaging Activities and Assignments?
This self-paced online course is for remote/online teachers who want to assess learning to keep students on track. In 20-minutes the course provides many ideas specific to online and remote teaching for activities, assignments, and assessments that gauge learning. All faculty completing the course will receive a certificate of completion.
Academic Leader's Toolkit for Evaluating Online Teaching
This 40-minute seminar course explores methods and instruments to judge the quality of online teaching. This course is especially valuable for faculty and academic leaders
Practical Strategies to Improve Student Retention in Online Courses
Learn why there is an increased danger of attrition in online courses and how to address this in four key areas: course design, instructor presence, personal attention, and connectedness to the institution
How to Design and Facilitate Online Discussions that Improve Student Learning and Engagement
Learn several design and facilitation ideas to help you create a better learning experience for your students. You’ll see examples of online discussion activities, including student posts and instructor feedback to those posts as well as an assessment rubric template you can use to evaluate the quality of your online discussions and help you adapt what you learn in this webinar to your own online courses.
Getting Started with Backward Design - Meaningful & Measurable Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes and objectives are the first step in the backwards design course development process.The process of developing learning outcomes that actively engage learners in a way that clearly describe what learners will learn and be able to do includes design principles to guide faculty developing courses. This seminar will discuss the purpose and best practices of course outcomes design, identify course outcomes in your program or course and summarize the outcomes of the outcomes design process.
Backward Design - Aligning Outcomes to Activities and Assessments
The best courses start with the end in mind. What will students learn or be able to do by the end of this class? This seminar will help you organize your workflow and equip you with the tools to align course learning elements with student learning outcomes.
In the Blackboard Essentials self-pace course, you will learn about the basics of Blackboard. Participants will learn the basics of navigation, course tools, and procedures necessary to create new course content. All faculty/staff completing the course will receive a certificate of completion.
Universal Design: Five Steps to Make Your Course Accessible
Accessibility is not just about disability. It is about increasing learning for all students. Ultimately, it is about student success. Most instructors can improve access to their curricula simply by examining their assumptions and making slight modifications to methods and practices. Learn how in this self-paced, online seminar.
- Some assumptions about students and their learning can undermine the learning of all students, and especially students with disabilities
- Small changes can eliminate large barriers to learning
A Guide to Video Communication for Online Instructors
If you’re an online educator, creating online video content is no longer an option. It’s a virtual requirement in today’s online environment, where students expect your curriculum to keep pace with new technologies. In this self-paced course, you will learn all about video creation from inception to viewing and discover simple ways to effectively create and deliver online video content.
Applying Andragogy to Online Course Design to Increase Student Engagement and Success
Naturally, adults and children learn in different ways. However, this truism does not necessarily translate when learners transition from secondary to post-secondary educational settings. It’s even more elusive in online learning environments, as students are not immediately visible to their instructors.
Understanding Open Educational Resources (OER)
This self-paced course examines the research on Open Educational Resources (OER) usage in collegiate classes and their impact on student retention and success. Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
- Describe research that demonstrates OER impact on student success and retention
- Find high-quality Open Educational Resources
- Use OER effectively to impact student learning
- Advocate for the use of OER as an alternative to high-cost textbooks
Earn a Badge! This course satisfies one requirement for the following professional development badges:
(1) Online Teaching and Learning Badge
(2) Virtual Teaching and Learning Badge
Understanding Open Educational Resources (OER): A Powerful Solution for Both Faculty and Students
This self-paced seminar is designed for Instructors, Librarians, and support staff interested in learning about the quality of online educational resources and how to effectively use these resources to impact student learning.
CODE Training Event Schedule
You can choose to use the Calendar View of CODE events if you prefer.
Faculty Teaching and Learning Resources
This presentation reviews evidenced-based techniques to promote engagement in online courses.
Creating Accessible Documents for Online Courses
Provided by Quality Matters
A guide for authors, adaptors and adopters of openly licensed teaching and learning materials
- Use of Copyrighted Materials in Online Courses
- Professional Development Badges
- Getting Started with Blackboard Ally
- SCSU Level I Quality Review Guide
University of South Carolina Center for Teaching Excellence Webinars
SC State faculty may participate in a variety of professional development webinars on teaching and learning offered by the University of South Carolina Center for Teaching Excellence.