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Foundations of Online Teaching

Check back to apply for the next offering of the Foundations of Online Teaching Short Course.


Regardless of your online teaching experience, this facilitator-led course provides foundations and guidance for purposeful online course design, development, and delivery. The course is delivered through the Blackboard Learning Management System in a fully asynchronous format. Faculty work in the course as students and complete weekly activities and assignments. We do not recommend enrolling in this course if you have completed Getting Started Teaching Online at USC.

Offered with support from the Office of the Provost, the goal of this course is to support and develop a community of faculty prepared to develop and teach high-quality distributed learning courses. This course is offered fully online and does not have any required scheduled meeting times. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. Any faculty member (tenure track, professional track, and adjunct) who teaches as an instructor of record on the Columbia campus, Palmetto College campuses, and the Schools of Medicine may apply.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize online learning best practices.
  • Create measurable learning outcomes and objectives.
  • Describe the role of alignment in online courses.
  • Apply quality standards for online courses.
  • Identify student and faculty support resources.
  • Collaborate and network with colleagues.
  • Create a syllabus for an online course.

Admission to this course is competitive and spaces are limited, so apply early. Applicants will be expected to complete 100 percent of the course activities and assignments to receive a certificate of completion.


Foundations of Online Teaching will run for four weeks, starting on Wednesday, September 6, and ending on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. Course activities and assignments must be completed satisfactorily on the course due dates.


To apply, please complete the Online Application Form.

Application Deadline: Monday, August 28, 2023, by 11:59 p.m.
Selected applicants will be notified by Thursday, August 31, 2023.

For questions, please contact Gloria Washington at 803-777-7078 or

About the Facilitator

Gloria Washington is an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence with 25 years of experience in higher education at the University of South Carolina. She serves as a co-chair for the Provost Advisory Committee for Women Initiatives (PACWI). She is a Blackboard Certified Trainer and a Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Reviewer. Washington completed the Quality Matters’ Applying the QM Rubric and Higher Education Peer Reviewer courses. Before coming to CTE, she worked in Teaching and Technology Services and as a Technology Director for the Ted Mimms Foreign Language Learning Center.

Washington serves as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She is the President of the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL). Washington also authors the blog, Pedagogy Before Technology. She holds a Doctor of Education, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Master of Business Administration. Her expertise is in the pedagogical use of technology to support Teaching and learning. Her instructional design philosophy is “pedagogy first, technology second.”

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