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Learning Design & Technology

Advancing USC's strategic vision for teaching with technology

Events Archive

January Instructional Design Meet-Up

Instructional Design Meet-Up
1/30/2015 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Ring in the new year by sharing emerging trends and innovative practices in instructional design. Inform yourself and others how to better approach educational change, and stay current on the toolkits and processes used by your colleagues. You are encouraged to speak about your spring semester projects, and bring resources, ideas, questions, concerns, and updates from our field to exchange during a roundtable discussion.

Using Polling to Engage and Assess Students

Faculty Forum
1/23/2015 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Discover how to take the pulse of your class during a lecture by employing polls to assess subject knowledge and gather opinions to generate discussion. See what happens when students actively engage with information in real time to reveal common misconceptions and stimulate reflection. Learn about best practices and tools for classroom response systems, such as Poll Everywhere and Root. Light lunch will be provided.

Our presenters will be John P. Walsh, Associate Professor at the Davis School of Gerontology, and Kevin C. Fields, Assistant Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics at the Marshall School of Business.

About the presentation: “Using Polling to Engage and Access Students” by Kevin Fields, USC Marshall School of Business.

Apple’s iOS 8 and Yosemite

EdTech Talk
12/10/2014 10:00 a.m.

ITS Educational Technologies and the USC Computer store are sponsoring an EdTech Talk on December 10th at 10:00 a.m. Apple System Engineer Tim Parker will be coming out to USC to discuss some of the latest updates and changes in the Apple universe. Topics include: the new Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite, the recently released iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad and updates to Apple’s deployment programs. Tim will also cover the basics of iBeacon, Apple’s low-energy Bluetooth technology which can be used for proximity based interactions and notifications.

Streamlining Online Course Design for a Better Student Experience

Faculty Forum
11/14/2014 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Learn about best practices for streamlining course design through a process of consensus- building among colleagues and choosing simplified course-building tools with greater functionality. A master course shell (template) approach, like the one taken by the Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI), can streamline course design, prepare a program for accreditation, and improve students’ experience across courses. SSI faculty collaborated with the CST to leverage Blackboard and develop a customized, flexible learning environment resulting in a replicable, adaptable model. 

Katsuhiko “Kirk” Oda, Lecturer, and Susan H. Kamei’s, Associate Director of USC’s Spatial Sciences Institute Graduate Programs in Geographic Information Science & Technology, presentation “Streamlining Online Course Design for a Better Student Experience”.

Faculty Forum: Leveraging Technologies for Authentic and Active Learning

Faculty Forum
10/10/2014 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Learn from faculty who are creating courses which offer skills that transcend the course content, and that engage students in innovative ways. Topics covered include peer-to-peer interactions through a blog and innovative approaches to immersing students in social and multi-media technologies.

Dr. Colin Keaveney’s presentation “Harnessing Peer Power: The Blog Inside and Outside the Language Classroom”

David LaFontaine’s presentation “Learning to Scream Smarter: Using Low-cost Tools to Extend Learning Outside the Classroom”

Video Blogging

Faculty Forum
09/19/2014 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Learn how the American Language Institute (ALI) is reconstructing and customizing its program through consistent online and face-to-face interactions within its courses.

Presentation slides: “Reconstructing and Customizing the ALI Program through Videoblogging and other Instructional Tools in Blackboard”

Teaching With Technology Conference: Digital Knowledge Across the Curriculum

05/06/2014 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 2014 Teaching with Technology conference offers USC faculty, staff, and administration an opportunity to connect with each other on topics and practices focused on teaching with technology at USC. Digital Knowledge Across the Curriculum features tools and interdisciplinary strategies for using data to advance learning outcomes and create data-driven experiences.

Online Learning at the Sol Price School of Public Policy

Faculty Forum
04/04/2014 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Susan Gautsch, Director of Online Learning at the Price School of Public Policy shares new strategies and technologies used by faculty teaching in their fully online and blended intensive courses to enhance students’ engagement, collaboration, career planning, and sense of personal connection and community. Join us for this one hour presentation and discussion on ways online learning methods and tools are creating whole new kinds of learning experiences and value for all our students.

Collaboration across Learning Environments

Faculty Forum
02/21/2014 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

How are USC instructors structuring collaboration amongst students for problem solving, project work, and assignments? Is there a difference between online collaboration and in-class collaboration?

Leveraging the Web: Social Media for Students and Scholars

CET-CST Joint Event
02/14/2014 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

A panel of experts on the role of social media in professional and academic representation and collaboration.

Digitizing the Curriculum

Faculty Forum
01/17/2014 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for our first forum of the semester focused on the ways that USC faculty and programs are creating greater efficiencies and efficacies with fundamental changes to our paper-based reality.

USC Online Learning at the School of Social Work

Faculty Forum
12/06/2013 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for a one-hour presentation and discussion session focused on the School of Social Work’s online learning programs and degrees. See and hear how the program is providing an online learning experience that fosters social connections and pre-professional lessons and assignments situated in real-world phenomena.

USC How To Create an Effective Plan B Assignment Webinar

10/03/2013 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In preparation for the October 10 USC Trojan Football home game, the CST is offering some webinars that can help faculty teach their classes online.

USC How To Create an Effective Plan B Assignment Workshop

10/02/2013 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In preparation for the October 10 USC Trojan Football home game, the CST is offering some workshops that can help faculty teach their classes online.

USC Blackboard 101 for Emergency Preparedness Workshop

10/01/2013 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In preparation for the October 10 USC Trojan Football home game, the CST is offering some workshops that can help faculty teach their classes online.

Video@USC IV: Task Force Report and Recommendations

Task force Report
09/06/2013 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Video@USC Initiative illustrates issues and challenges concerning the use of videos in and out of classrooms. In this fourth installment of the series, Video@USC task force will unveil “Task Force Report and Recommendations” to the audience. This event has been recorded.

USC Teaching with Technology Conference: Learning in Motion

05/06/2013 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This year’s theme, “Learning in Motion,” examines the nexus of mobility, learning, and health, and the pivotal role of technology.

Experiential Learning and Mobile Video Technology

Faculty Forum
03/29/2013 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The need for ‘learning by doing’ associated with highly complex and high-stakes procedures, context-rich environments, and instances when the classroom boundaries are too limited for meaningful knowledge sharing have introduced the need for more mobile instructional technologies.

Opportunities and Challenges for Assessment in a Digital World

Faculty Forum
02/22/2013 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Evidence-based assessment techniques can profoundly influence learning and offer more than a final measure of student performance. Find out about different approaches to assessment; the benefits and challenges of assessment, feedback, and reflection in a technology-rich context; and designing effective assessment in different learning environments. Learn about technologies that support assessment and methods for assessing multimedia assignments.

Creative Classroom Strategies: Tools from Language Instruction

Faculty Forum
01/25/2013 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Learning a language requires hard work and practice. As a result, language instructors need to find creative ways to help learners practice the new language—ways that are fun yet effective. Relatively simple apps and tools can do this, and this approach holds promise well beyond language instruction.