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BEST Institute

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Workshop times vary. See UTS Events Calendar for details.


The USC Division of Information Technology (formerly University Technology Services) will host the annual BEST Institute from August 22–23. BEST (Blackboard Educational Software Technologies) provides faculty and instructors the opportunity to explore new technologies and broaden their skills in Blackboard, VoiceThread, i>Clicker and more! Sessions will be held across the Columbia campus during the two-day conference. Be prepared to meet and interact with colleagues while learning to take your classroom instruction to a different level.

The event for faculty and TAs will be two days this semester because of the solar eclipse. (Be careful looking at the sun on Monday!) Sessions will be held at various locations on the Columbia campus and will include the following topics:


  • Getting Started w/ Blackboard
  • Assignments and Safe Assignments
  • Student Collaboration Tools [WIkis, Blogs, Discussion Board]
  • Bb Tests & Surveys
  • Blackboard Grade Center [both Getting Started and Advanced sessions]
  • Rubrics for Grading
  • Self & Peer Assessment
  • What's Coming in the Blackboard Upgrade?

Educational Software Technologies

  • Adobe Connect
  • VoiceThread
  • i>Clicker/REEF Classroom Response Systems
  • Streaming Films in Blackboard
  • 10 Easy & Free Tech Tools for Your Course
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Social Media for Student Engagement

Best Practices and Other Topics

  • Copyright 101
  • Creating Accessible Content - Universal Design for Learning
  • Active Learning in the Online Environment
  • Beginning Online Teaching Best Practices Using Quality Matters
  • Millennials: Connecting with Your Students


Schedule and Registration

If you have any questions, please contact the Service Desk at 803-777-1800.


USC Division of Information Technology

The mission of the USC Division of Information Technology is to support the teaching, research and public service goals of the University of South Carolina. Under the direction of the Chief Information Officer, UTS provides services in centralized and distributed computing, communications and infrastructure, studio and digital media, and pedagogical technologies for academic, research and administrative use to support and meet the needs of the students, faculty and staff at the university.




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