Oktoberbest: A Celebration of Teaching

Friday, October 18, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Russell House University Union
1400 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208


All USC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to participate in the tenth annual Oktoberbest: A Celebration of Teaching on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Russel House University Union. Join colleagues from across UofSC campuses for this free one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching.

The Oktoberbest schedule has a wide variety of workshops on topics ranging from active learning and online course development to critical thinking and integrative learning. The event includes:

  • Breakfast with our keynote speaker
  • Choice of Concurrent Sessions presented by your colleagues at UofSC
  • Closing reception featuring door prizes and traditional Oktoberfest fare
  • Blackboard will be hosting a mini Bb World at Oktoberbest with sessions on Blackboard's Roadmap, Eesysoft hands-on demonstration/presentation and meetings with Bb Designers.

Oktoberbest is free to all who teach or support teaching at UofSC, but is not open to the general public.


Registration for Oktoberbest is closed.

Keynote Speaker

Robert Maribe Branch
Professor, Learning, Design and Technology

Head of the Department of Career and Information Studies
University of Georgia

Robert Maribe (Rob) Branch is a Professor of Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Georgia, and the Head of the Department of Career and Information Studies. He is currently a University System of Georgia Chancellor’s Learning Scholar. 

Branch has co-edited the Educational Media and Technology Yearbook for the past 23 years, and is co-author of the book, Survey of Instructional Design Models. He is also the author of the book: Instructional Design: The ADDIE Approach. Branch emphasizes student-centered learning and teaches courses related to message design.