Introduction to Online Teaching for Teaching Assistants (IOTTA) Fall 2021

Monday, August 9, 2021

Center for Teaching Excellence

Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Registration for this event is now closed.


Any UofSC graduate student teaching or instructional assistants (GTA/IAs) who will be involved with online teaching in some form this fall 2021 are recommended to participate in the Introduction to Online Teaching for Teaching Assistants (IOTTA) program.


These in-person workshops are designed to assist GTA/IAs with building their knowledge and skills in all aspects of teaching or instructional assistance online -- from aligning a syllabus, best practices in online engagement, to managing course materials and grading in Blackboard -- in a hands-on, practical skill development setting.


GTA/IAs will be working with their own assigned course materials and Blackboard environment to get the course ready to begin their instructional responsibilities by the start of classes on August 19th, 2021.


IOTTA Workshops - August 9, 2021


Workshop A 9:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Reviewing and Aligning Your Course Outcomes, Student Assessments and Activities
  • Reviewing Course Policies
  • Instructional Style and Engagement
Workshop B 1:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Setting-up and Maintaining Your Course in Blackboard
  • Using Blackboard Tools, Accessibility
  • Grading and Grade Center, Setting up Tests


Registration deadline is Monday August 2, 2021 by 5 p.m. Upon registration, you will be contacted by Dr. Michelle Hardee to review the workshops you plan to attend and provide you with an agenda and additional information.


** Registration Procedures Update **

In order for attendees to personally track their current registrations and attendance at certificate of completion workshops and events, the Center for Teaching Excellence requires that all registrants create an account in our registration system and login to register for all workshops.


If you have an existing training account with the Division of Human Resources, Office of Organizational and Professional Development, you do not need to create an account. You can login using your HR training username and password. By logging in to register for CTE events, your complete training record for both CTE and HR trainings will be available with a single account and login.


Michelle L. Hardee
TA Training Program Manager
Center for Teaching Excellence

Michelle L. Hardee is the Program Manager for graduate student teaching assistant (TA) programs in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She is responsible for developing CTE’s graduate TA training seminars, managing GRAD 701, the Teaching Assistant Development course, and helping students progress through the Preparing Future Faculty Program. She coordinates regularly with the Graduate School and other university academic partners on graduate student professional development workshops and events. Hardee received her Ph.D. in Marine Science here at UofSC and taught throughout her graduate program. She is currently an instructor in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment at UofSC, teaching the Honors section of the Oceans and Society course and Environment of the Earth (GEOL 103). Throughout her 25-year teaching career, Hardee has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training, including at Coastal Carolina University and the College of Charleston.

Casey Carroll
Instructional Designer
Center for Teaching Excellence

Casey Carroll is an instructional designer with the Center for Teaching Excellence at USC. Carroll works with all who teach to support the creation of innovative and accessible courses and the continued development of teaching skills. He also works with instructors teaching online to help with course design and learning technologies. Prior to joining CTE, Carroll designed curriculum for professional training and leadership development. He has also taught First-Year English and English as a Second Language at the University of South Carolina. Carroll holds a master’s degree in linguistics from USC and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and psychology from Pacific Lutheran University.