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2015-2016 Events

Check back often for new events from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. We wish you a successful 2015-2016 academic year. For more information about an upcoming event, email cetl@uscupstate.edu.

Spring 2016 Events

"Academic Integrity Matters: Personally and Professionally"

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Media 238


Please RSVP to cetl@uscupstate.edu

Monday, January 25, 2016
CLC Dining Room (Quiet Room)
Lunch: 12:00-12:30 p.m.
Presentations: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

"Capitalizing on the Science of Learning:
Tips and Tricks for Success"
Featured Speaker and Facilitator:
Regan A. R. Gurung, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
CLC Ballroom
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Spring Workshop will focus on pragmatic ways to help students learn better. The science of learning, cognitive psychology and scholarship of teaching and learning provide many answers. During  the workshop, Dr. Regan Gurung will summarize a wide range of pedagogical research and provide participants with practical tips and tricks to help them motivate students to learn.

Fall 2015 Events

Calendar of Events for CETL and its Partners   

2015 Summer Faculty Innovation Grant Recipients Presentations
CETL invites you to join the 2015 Summer Faculty Innovation Grant Recipients for the presentations of their innovative projects, designed to foster and enhance the teaching and learning experience here at USC Upstate. Save the dates for these presentations.

Part One - Friday, October 16, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
CLC 309

  • David Marlow – International ESOL Service-Learning for Diversity and Understanding.
  • Sharon T. Smith – Integrating second life into the Childbearing and Women’s Health Curriculum.
  • Rachel Snow – Spartanburg Art Museum Service-Learning Seminar.

Part Two - Wednesday, November 4, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
J M Smith Boardroom   HEC 2086

  • Lola Bradley and Bree Kirsch – Turning LIBR 201 into a hybrid course using a flipped classroom model and incorporating service-learning.
  • Chase DeHan – Developing a flipped classroom for Finance 363.
  • Samantha Hauptman and Lynn McMillan – Childhood Trauma: Potent
Part Three - Thursday, November 12, 2015
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
CLC 309

  • Araceli Hernandez-Laroche and Samantha Hauptman – The Twin Ills of Terrorism and Torture: A Global Perspective (interdisciplinary course).
  • Allison Pingley – Developing political behavior course as service-learning course.
  • Tom Rogers – Creating a fully asynchronous lab for EMTG 320L: Engineering Cost Analysis Lab.

Annual Gearing-Up Workshop Fall 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CASB 117
New and veteran faculty will be provided with tips and resources that lead to student and teacher success.

Topics include: 

  • Student Retention and Persistence
  • Effective Academic Advising
  • Active Learning
  • Building a Culture of Student Success on the Greenville Campus
  • Online Instruction and Learning
  • Engaging Students in the Community
  • Making the Most of the First Day of Class.

Please RSVP: cetl@uscupstate.edu

Past Events

BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOPS (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)
"Best Practices To Enhance Teaching and Learning"  
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Media 238 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

"Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Our Students"
Media 238 - Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

"Teaching in Diverse Classrooms"
Media 238 - Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Cote – Up Program

The COTE-Up program is designed to enhance teaching and to provide feedback on all major aspects of the class (online or face-to-face) or it can focus on a particular concern expressed by the faculty member requesting an observation.  This peer observation program will provide faculty another means of evaluating their teaching, regardless of their academic rank or tenure status. Contact  cetl@uscupstate.edu for more information about the Cote-Up Program.

Individual consultation and collaboration are available in the following areas:  Pedagogy, Course Design, Student Mentoring and Advising.  These consultations are available on MWF 9:00 – 11:00 am or at a time convenient for you.  Please contact Dr. June Carter at jcarter@uscupstate.edu or 864-503-5881 to schedule a teaching consultation. CETL maintains confidentiality for all of these consultations.

CETL Book Club
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Book Club is an informal, supportive way for you to connect with other Upstate colleagues to discuss specific reading material and to share personal thoughts and responses to various teaching topics and classroom techniques. We have created our own UpstateCETLSoTL Wikispaces where book club members can write comments, descriptive research and personal narratives and recommendations on what devices and techniques should be used to demonstrate and support the acquisition of course content. 

Book Club  FALL 2015 & SPRING 2016  Book
Collaborative Learning Techniques:  A Handbook for College Faculty, by Elizabeth Barkley, et al.
September through November, January through April

CETL Conference Room, Media 234 
Please contact  cetl@uscupstate.edu if you would like to join.

Book Club Spring 2015
“Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instruction” By Dr. Linda B. Nilson, founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI) at Clemson University.

Book Club Fall 2014
"How Learning Works: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching" by: Susan Ambrose.

CETL Power Lunch Spring 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015

Fall Kick-Off Event 2014
"How Can I Get Students to Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning?"
Dr. Christy Price
Monday, September 23, 2014

Workshop Description
A primary concern of instructors is that the students of today do not seem to be taking responsibility for their own learning.  All too often students attribute their ability to achieve learning outcomes as solely dependent upon the instructors and their methods.   Drawing from the research in both cognitive and educational psychology, Dr. Price will help participants apply what is known about encouraging students to take charge of their own learning, therefore becoming more effective and responsible learners.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • the behaviors of the responsible learner and the literature related to what motivates student responsibility.
  • to identify specific practices that promote student responsibility.
  • how they might alter their interactions and course structure to promote more student responsibility for learning.

Specific practices that promote student responsibility such as the use of the flipped classroom, the use of feedback and assessment and collaborative learning will be presented. 

About Dr. Price:

Christy Price HeadshotA professor of psychology and the founding Director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Dalton State College, Dr. Christy Price has been teaching at the collegiate level for 20 years. She is a nationally recognized authority on innovative teaching techniques to engage modern learners, and regularly presents as a keynote speaker at faculty development workshops. 

Dr. Price has received numerous awards for her use of innovative teaching strategies including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as the Outstanding U.S. Professor for 2012 in the Baccalaureate Colleges category and the 2010 U.S. Professor Award for the state of Georgia. Dr. Price’s most recent research focuses on engaging millennial learners and preventing incivility in the classroom.
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Dr. June Carter
Director of Center for
Excellence in Teaching
and Learning

Lynda Davis
Administrative Assistant

Our Partners

Dr. Clif Flynn
Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for
Academic Affairs 

Cindy Jennings
Director of Learning Technologies 
Phone: 864-503-5470

Dr. David McCurry
Director of Distance Education

Susannah Waldrop
Director of the Student Success Center
Phone: 864-503-5414

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