Staff Supporting Instruction Institute

To be offered at a future date.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) is excited to announce a revised institute for staff supporting instruction launching Spring 2023! USC staff are crucial to the success of the university, working in various roles, including supporting faculty and schools in educating students, providing training that supports university culture, compliance, and operations, and supporting outreach education efforts.

This Institute provides training in foundational pedagogy and facilitation specifically tailored to the various ways USC staff support the university community. It is a great opportunity for instructional support staff to refresh their knowledge of course design and teaching practices. It is ideal for any staff in a training capacity who teach or train others.

All USC staff who feel this institute would be useful to their work at USC are invited to register. Staff should consult with their supervisor to determine whether this training is an appropriate use of their time. CET will not monitor or track supervisory approvals; it is up to the staff member to keep approval documentation for their own records.

Similar to our popular institutes for faculty, the Staff Institute will guide participants through working on actual or hypothetical USC courses or training modules.The skills acquired in this process are transferable to other educational situations, such as instructional or workshop design and informal training.

The institute will be delivered synchronously online Zoom with the option to participate asynchronously by viewing meeting recordings and completing alternate assignments. Institute materials and communication will be conducted through Blackboard. Participants will need to have a email address to access the institute materials.

Participants are required to attend the synchronous sessions (or complete the asynchronous submission) and submit a brief Implementation Plan to receive a certificate of completion.

The workshops are designed to provide USC staff:

  • Best practices for course and workshop design in higher education.
  • Essential pedagogy for facilitation, teaching and learning.
  • Strategies for developing an inclusive learning environment.
  • Practical techniques to enhance learning.
  • Opportunities for collaboration with peers.


Dates for Spring 2023 synchronous Zoom sessions

Fridays, 10:30AM-Noon Pacific

  • January 13
  • January 27
  • February 10
  • February 24
  • March 10
  • March 31
  • April 14
  • April 28
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