Presentations / Handouts

Access for All Users Part I

Learn about tools and resources that can be used by students (and other users) to more easily interact with online materials. Examples include tools that allow you to hear what is displayed on the screen or to use your voice to write a paper. Some features are built into operating systems and common software programs used on various devices; many other tools are available for free or at low-cost. Join us for one or both Access for All Users sessions.

August 18, 2015
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
David Dawson
Justin Williams
Law Center, Sub-level 1, room 31

Access for All Users Part II

An instructor can often make small changes to his or her course materials to make them more accessible and usable by all students. Learn best practices to make your documents, presentations, and other materials more usable by a student with a disability or language barrier or by a student who uses alternative or non-traditional technology to access course materials. Join us for one or both Access for All Users sessions.

August 18, 2015
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Dow Hammond
Susan Quinn
Law Center, Sub-level 1, room 31

Blackboard Basics
Monday, Jan. 26

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Multimedia Classroom, Level 1
Come see what you can do in Blackboard, the course management system supported by USC. You will see an overview of the Blackboard environment, look at examples of class sites, and explore some of the built-in tools. We will also discuss some best practices for creating course materials and linking to resources outside the Blackboard environment.

Help Desk: Blackboard Class Sites (Quick Links & Help)


Blackboard Videos



Student Portfolios with Google
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Susan Quinn, UTS Teaching & Technology Services
Susan Quinn works in the Teaching & Technology division of University Technology Services (UTS).
Google Sites is a free and easy way to create a web site. Many programs require students to create a portfolio. Susan will combine these two to demonstrate how students at USC have been creating wonderful e-portfolios using Google Sites. One of the programs she has been working with is USC Connect, where students create e-portfolios for Graduation with Leadership Distinction (GLD). She will share examples of portfolios students have created for the GLD project, University 101, and other classes. She will also share the resources the students use as they develop their portfolios in Google Sites and demonstrate how many portfolios are being evaluated using rubrics in Blackboard.

Building Accessible Courses with Blackboard
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dow Hammond, Student Disability Services and Susan Quinn, UTS Teaching & Technology Services
Dow Hammond is a USC alumnus with Integrated Information Technology B.A. degree and currently works in the Office of Student Disability Services at UTS. He provides guidance to new students and introduces them to services provided through the Assistive Technology Lab. He is also in charge of managing the department's website and works with other USC departments to guide them in the right direction of website accessibility. Susan Quinn works in the Teaching & Technology division of University Technology Services (UTS). Prior to joining UTS, she was director of Instructional Support in the College of Education. Susan has a M.Ed in Special Education Technology and was a special education teacher and research associate before coming to South Carolina.
An instructor can often make small changes to his or her course materials to make them more accessible and usable by all students. The presenters will lead a discussion in why universal design is especially important to a student with a disability or language barrier or to a student who uses alternative or non-traditional technology to access course materials. They will demonstrate best practices in accessible course design and show specific features in Blackboard and other supported tools that are recommended. The presenters will also discuss considerations to keep in mind when linking to online tools and other resources outside the Blackboard environment. This session will be based on the Seven Ways to Make Your Class Accessible presentation Dow developed. Links to this presentation and many other related resources will be provided.

For presentations/workshops I am working on after October 2013, see Workshops.
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Presentations to Classes
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Educational Research Resources handout (pdf)
Educational Research Resources [Workshop Handout]
This handout is found in the Research area of this site, which contains additional information about this topic.

This resource list is a guide to a presentation I give to undergraduate candidates who are taking one of the core education courses at the University of South Carolina. One of their assignments is to complete an annotated bibliography as part of a research paper. Even though I usually run out of time during the demonstration, I like to include other resources they may be able to use in other courses as well as information about accessing University resources from off-campus.

Technology in Higher Education

http://technologyinhighered.wikispaces.com/ - NOT COMPLETE

This page is a compilation of information from various presentations I have given to a number of groups over the years. I have often been asked to present to groups of doctoral candidates and other teaching assistants about technology they may use when they teach in the higher education environment. Sometimes the audience members have an immediate need to know about resources that are available at the University of South Carolina; others I talk to are preparing to apply for jobs as new faculty members at a college or university. With all the groups, I like to share general information and tools about productivity, organization, and teaching tools and about research resources they may need as they continue in their degree program.



Susan Quinn and Mike Brown
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Thomas Cooper Library, Level 1, Multimedia Classroom

Blackboard – In and Out of the Classroom

Blackboard is a tool instructors use for making announcements, sharing course materials, facilitating communication with and between students, and administering tests and surveys. Blackboard also allows them to extend their teaching online. Many of the same features that instructors use in their course sites can also be used in organization sites created for other purposes. Examples of less traditional Blackboard sites include a site for people enrolled in a campus organization, a committee site for members of a department committee, or a professional development site that provides training information (and the evaluation, if you'd like) of individuals who participate in the training. Sites do not have to be specific to a certain semester, and participants can be added and deleted over time. Come see a demonstration of Blackboard features that can be used in a variety of ways. Join the discussion about how you can use Blackboard in and out of the classroom.
Registration Link: http://tinyurl.com/pacwi-blackboard

Language & Literacy
Demonstration to L & L Faculty Members
February 2013

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
What is so HiTech about Universal Design for Learning?
Presentation at South Carolina EdTech Conference 2012
Susan W Quinn and Cheryl A Wissick

Program Description: "Ever heard of Universal Design for Learning - UDL? Discover how UDL incorporates free technologies to embed multiple elements of representation and opportunities for all student to engage in learning activities and express their knowledge. View free Web tools that support universal interventions for all students and eliminate barriers to learning."

Technology and Teaching
Back to School 2012: Technology and Teaching
This is from the back-to-school presentation to the College of Education, August 2012.The faculty and staff members had a choice of three breakout sessions.

The 3Ts - Tricks, Tips, and Tools - of Business Education
The goal of this page is to provide tricks, tips and tools to meet the needs of all students in the business education classroom.

This site is being designed for a presentation at the SCBEA (South Carolina Business Education Association) Conference
by Cheryl A. Wissick & Susan W. Quinn
University of South Carolina

Proposal description:
"Ever wonder how to reach that student with autism or learning disabilities in your class? In this session we will demonstrate and discuss FREE tricks, tips and technology tools that support diverse students in inclusive settings and help differentiate instruction. Using research-based practices, teachers can integrate these technology tools and strategies in a variety of business education classrooms."

(also see http://businesseducation3t.wikispaces.com/)
Website that accompanied the presentation:

My Google Tools
Part of presentation with Gloria Washington for the University of South Carolina Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)
September 30, 2009

A GoogleDoc Presentation related to this demonstration can be found at

You can also view a slideshow of the presentation, which was set for small (410 x 342 pix) display, to advance every 10 seconds, and to start as soon as the player loads. NOTE: You can advance the slides at your own pace by using the >> button.

It is also saved as a PPT (PowerPoint) file.

Free Technology Tools to Support Multi-Tier Instruction & Enhance Social Emotional skills
TED 2009 (Poster Session)
Cheryl A Wissick and Susan Quinn, University of South Carolina
J. Emmett Gardner, University of Oklahoma

Web Toolboxes http://webtoolboxes.wikispaces.com
Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/toolbox/freetechtools
No Limits or Boundaries: Creating Accessible web pages and documents
Susan W Quinn
Cheryl A Wissick, PhD

To be presented at SC EdTech 2009 - October 15, 2009 8:15-9:15

Presentation Description: To make sure that you don’t limit your students’ access to documents, presentations or web pages, simple accessibility principles can be implemented at the start of any project or document. Even if you use free web creation tools, wikis or blogs, learn simple techniques for limitless accessibility.

Website that accompanied the presentation: __http://accessibledocs.wikispaces.com/__

Differentiate Instruction in the Business Education Classroom - For Free!
Cheryl A. Wissick & Susan W. Quinn
Presentation at SCBEA (South Carolina Business Educators Association) Conference
February 20, 2009

Presentation Description:
Accommodating the diverse learning needs of all students included in business education and technology classes can be time consuming and challenging. Fortunately free technology tools can be used to enhance inclusion and support student access to the curriculum. Attendees will receive information on free Web 2.0 resources that support collaboration and allow for differentiated instruction.

Website that accompanied the presentation:http://accessiblebusinessed.wikispaces.com

Teaching Excellence Seminar - Faculty Showcase: Innovative Classroom Ideas
Panel members: Kellah Edens, Susan Quinn, Jeanna Rathel, Cheryl Wissick, Mitch Yell
Presentation for University of South Carolina Center for Teaching Excellence
February 24, 2009

Presentation Description:
Are you looking for different ideas to enhance teaching and learning? In this seminar, participants will get ideas to use in face-to-face, online distance and blended courses. A panel of faculty will share strategies, resources, tools and other innovative classroom teaching ideas such as instructional strategies, feedback techniques, and concept mapping. Participants are encouraged to share their classroom instructional strategies.

Website that accompanied the presentation:http://innovativeclassroomideas.wikispaces.com/
CTE site to view archives, etc:




I often work with classes as they use Blackboard, especially the e-portfolio feature.

- Making your background a color other than white in Blackboard e-portfolios and class sites (pdf)

- Blackboard: How to....

Designing an Asynchronous Online Course (April 2012)