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TLT’s Distance Education Resources Blog

TLT has a new resource available exclusively for our faculty who teach, or are interested in, online instruction!

There are two paths to choose from depending on your role:

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Choose this path if you:

  • Have never taught online before
  • Have taught online at another institution, but not CofC
  • Plan to teach online at CofC in the future

Start learning more about teaching online at CofC!

New to Distance Education

Choose this path if you:

  • Have completed the DE Readiness Course
  • Are currently teaching online at CofC
  • Are looking for resources related to online teaching and support

Explore more about online learning and support!

Currently Teaching Online

Make sure that you follow #CougarsOLI on all social media outlets to stay up to date on information and research pertaining to Online Learning Initiatives at College of Charleston

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P. L. C. Professional Learning Club
Best Practices, Collaboration, Information Session, instructional technology, TLT

Join a Professional Learning Club for the next academic year

P. L. C. Professional Learning ClubTLT is offering the opportunity for faculty to join a Professional Learning Club (PLC) that will take place during the 2015-2016 academic year.  A Professional Learning Club is a group of faculty that meet to collaboratively reflect on and improve their teaching practices.  It involves examining the relationship between teaching practices and student outcomes, evaluating those practices using the students’ work, and then reflecting on the success of the strategy to improve the outcomes.

If you are interested in learning more about PLCs and how you can be part of one please join us March 24th at 2pm in JC Long 219 for an informational session.  During this session we will review the purpose of the PLC, the roles and responsibilities of the participants and the outcomes.  It will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

If you can’t attend the session then check out our PLC page on this blog then contact your Instructional Technologist to discuss any questions you may have.

We think this is going to be a constructive, collaborative and fun opportunity for faculty so I hope you’ll check into it.



Faculty Showcase, Information Session, Innovative Instruction, Round Table Discussion, TLT

Giving Thanks for Technology: November Faculty Showcase

At our November Faculty Showcase, we gave thanks for the many ways technology makes us more efficient, productive, and engaging instructors.  Special thanks to Kate Pfile, Mary Ann Hartshorn, and Gayle Goudy for sharing their experiences using instructional technologies.  In addition to learning about innovative teaching strategies, we also collected over 34 pounds of canned goods to be donated in time for Thanksgiving.  Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Amy thanks you for your donations!
Amy thanks you for your donations!

During the Showcase, Kate Pfile (HHP) showed us how her students use Popplet (Free; iOS and Web) for a postural assessment assignment.  Popplet is a digital mind-mapping application that allows users to visually capture ideas and make connections between them.  Kate asks her students to take pictures of a friend’s posture, then use Popplet to analyze musculature by identifying the relationships among various body parts.  Popplet can also be used to enhance brainstorming, tease out ideas, plan projects, and organize one’s thoughts, such as when writing a research paper.  Even better, Popplet allows multiple users to collaborate synchronously or asynchronously, so small groups or an entire class could work together.

Example Popplet with Kate's Annotations, made in Goodnotes
Example Popplet with Kate’s annotations, made in Goodnotes

Gayle Goudy (SOTA) shared her experiences with flipping her art history courses.  Flipping has become a hot topic in education, as instructors move lectures outside the classroom while reserving class time for discussion, problem-solving, activities, and group work.  This allows students to accomplish the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy on their own while they work through higher levels of cognitive work with their classmates and instructor.  There are a variety of approaches to flipping your course, whether you want to flip the entire semester or just a handful of classes.  TLT can point you to numerous technology tools that will facilitate this change, including Voicethread and Kaltura Mediaspace.

Kate Pfile and Guoli Liu
Kate Pfile and Guoli Liu

Mary Ann Hartshorn (TEDU) is a TLT Superstar: she presented at both of our Faculty Showcases this semester!  Mary Ann shared how she uses Google Docs for a collaborative annotated bibliography assignment and the OAKS Discussion tool to encourage community-formation.  To read more, check out our recap of the October Faculty Showcase.

TLT’s instructional technologists also had tech tools to share.  Laura Plotts, instructional technologist for LCWA, showed faculty how Haiku Deck (Free; iOS and Web) provides a fantastic alternative to “death by Powerpoint.”  With Haiku Deck, there’s no chance of presenting slides crammed with bullet points.  Instead, the application forces users to keep text to a minimum and use images to tell their story.  If you want students to learn to speak extemporaneously, Haiku Deck can help wean them off of reading directly from their slides.  Because of its eye-catching designs and graphics, it’s also perfect for video lectures, conference presentations, sales pitches, and keynote addresses.

Kaitlin Woodlief, instructional technologist for SSM, shared a tool that allows instructors to collect real-time feedback without the need for student devices.  Plickers (Free; Android and iOS) makes formative assessment and live polling simple.

Students don’t need iPads or smartphones; instead, each student responds by holding up a card that’s printed with a special image that has letters around the sides.  If, for example, the answer to the question is A, the student will turn the card so that the letter A is on top.

The instructor then uses their smartphone or iPad camera to scan the room and capture the cards.  The app registers the student answers which then can be displayed to the room.  For those who worry about their entire class having devices, or those who simply don’t want to bother with students having to log in or register, Plickers may be just what you’re looking for.

Trying out Plickers!
Trying out Plickers!







If you’d like to learn more about any of these tools and strategies, please contact your instructional technologist.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by!  Be on the look-out for our Spring Faculty Showcases, including a few new, exciting events!

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DE Information Session Video Now Available

The following video is from the Distance Education (DE) Information Session held on Wednesday, October 23, at 3:00 PM, in the Craig Admissions Presentation Room.

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Video Length: 51:52

Additional information and course petition documents may be found at Please note that course petitions and applications, for the Spring 2014 DE Readiness Course, must be submitted by Monday, November 25.

Distance Ed, Information Session

Distance Education (DE) Information Session

On Wednesday, October 23, at 3:00 PM there will be an Information Session for faculty planning to develop and teach an online course in Summer 2014 or beyond. We will meet in Craig Admissions Presentation Room.

All faculty with an interest in developing and teaching online courses now or in the future are highly encouraged to attend this session. The session will review the overall philosophy of online teaching and learning at the College, feature the experiences of faculty already teaching online, and provide faculty with critical information to determine whether online teaching is right for you and your department or program. Information will also be presented on training requirements, the Faculty Facilitator program and important dates.

Additional information and course petition documents may be found on the TLT blog at Please note that course petitions and applications for the Spring 2014 DE Readiness Course must be submitted by Monday, November 25.

We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd!

Sent via email from Lynne Ford, Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration, on October 11, 2013.