Accelerated Online Teaching Intensive

The Center for Excellence in Teaching is offering the Fall Accelerated Online Teaching Intensive. This intensive provides a space for faculty to learn online teaching tools and reflect on how their courses could most effectively be delivered in the online environment.  

This opportunity is open to all USC faculty (instructors of record): not just those who will be teaching this fall, but to any faculty members who would like to be prepared should the need for online teaching continue. While it is designed to enhance online teaching capabilities, it also provides faculty with principles, strategies, and online tools that can be effectively applied in on-ground courses.

This intensive models recommended practices for both synchronous activity in Zoom and asynchronous work in Blackboard. Each module will include content posted in Blackboard (Monday) for your review, a Blackboard discussion forum, submission of an online course component (e.g., exam, assignment) for feedback, and a synchronous Zoom session (Friday) every 2 weeks. Faculty unable to attend the Friday Zoom sessions will be able to watch the recording and complete an alternative work product in Blackboard to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Instructional designers will be available for individual or group consults throughout and after the intensive.

Synchronous Zoom sessions will be held on Fridays from 1:30 – 3:00 pm Pacific Time every 2 weeks. Recordings of the Friday Zoom sessions will be available in Blackboard within 24-48 hours . Activities can be completed asynchronously throughout the 2 weeks. Faculty can earn a certificate to document completion of the intensive, if they wish.

The 11-week (6 module) intensive begins the week of August 24, with the first synchronous session held on Friday, August 28 at 1:30-3:00 pm Pacific Time. The last session is Friday, November 6th. Please note, in order to participate in the intensive, participants must have a valid USC NET ID email address.

Registration for the Fall 2020 cohort has closed. The next cohort for Spring 2021 will be announced through the CET Newsletter.


Intensive topics

Week 1: Framing the online environment

Week 2: Selecting online assessments that align with your learning objectives

Week 3: Designing effective online assessments

Week 4: Instructor presence and student engagement online

Week 5: Presenting course content in the online environment

Week 6: Online active learning activities


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