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Technology for Online Teaching and Learning

Spring 2024 Short Course

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For instructors teaching in a blended, hybrid, or fully online environment, using technology is a given. Even so, utilizing the full potential of technology is an important component of well-designed courses.  The focus of this 4-week online course is on integrating technology to transform learning environments. Blackboard Learn Ultra and Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI), such as ChatGPT, are covered in the course.

As students in this asynchronous online Blackboard course, instructors are introduced to the how’s, when’s, and why’s of technology use. In addition, instructors work in a “Sandbox” course as instructors where they apply new skills and best practices. This course is a collaborative learning experience designed to give instructors an in-depth look at how to effectively teach online with technology.

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 scheduled meeting times. Participants who successfully 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.

Upon completion of the course, instructors will be able to:

  • Apply course design, development, and delivery best practices.
  • Examine opportunities and challenges of technology integration in teaching and learning.
  • Use various technologies and tools that support the alignment of course learning outcomes, module/unit-level objectives, assessments, instructional materials, and learning activities.
  • Apply quality standards for online courses.

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 on the appointed schedule to receive the certificate of completion.


Technology for Online Teaching and Learning will run for four weeks, starting on Wednesday, January 31, and ending on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Course activities and assignments must be completed satisfactorily on the course due dates.

For questions, contact Gloria Washington at 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 immediate past 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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