Institute for Faculty Teaching Online

The USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) announces the Institute for Faculty Teaching Online, a faculty development program for faculty who are currently or plan to teach online. It is open to all faculty, though the program is designed for junior faculty interested in establishing a strong foundation in teaching excellence. The institute is based on the New Faculty Institute curriculum with an emphasis in specifics of online pedagogies.

The institute comprises thirteen modules, delivered in a hybrid format of four synchronous sessions and multiple asynchronous modules in Blackboard. Each asynchronous module consists of instructional content with a related work product submission and feedback from peers and facilitators. The one hour synchronous sessions consist of active learning exercises based on a previously completed work product. Due dates for the submissions, reviews and synchronous sessions are scheduled throughout the academic year. A certificate of completion will be given to those who complete eleven of the thirteen modules, and can be used as evidence of teaching development activity in performance reviews.

Registration for the Institute begins 8:00am August 1, 2019

The institute will be held from September 3, 2019 to April 13, 2020.
Synchronous sessions, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (PST) will be held on

  • September 9
  • October 7
  • February 24
  • April 13

The institute will provide a forum for new faculty to connect with a cohort of colleagues to foster collaboration and community building within and across disciplines.

The workshops are designed to provide faculty:

  • Essential models for teaching and learning in higher education
  • Approaches to fostering an inclusive learning environment
  • Practical pedagogical techniques and strategies that strengthen learning
  • Evidence-based best practices for course design & online management
  • Opportunities for collaborative practice of effective teaching methods

A sampling of specific workshop topics include:

  • Designing effective courses, assignments, and assessments to meet learning objectives
  • Incorporating active learning in all courses
  • Maximizing student motivation
  • Best practices in use of asynchronous and synchronous sessions
  • Efficient and effective grading practices and feedback