Innovative Instruction

The Innovative Instruction Series was a video series that highlighted College of Charleston faculty who  used technology in innovative ways to enhance their teaching and student learning.  We no longer record this series but this page acts as an archive of past recordings.

Unleashing Your Students

In this video three CofC faculty talk about their experiences changing an assignment to allow students to express themselves while demonstrating a grasp of the course material. In this video you will hear from Sue Balinsky, Health & Human Performance, Mary Jones, Teacher Education, & Morgan Koerner, German Studies.

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Reversing or Flipping your Classroom – Two Approaches

Reversing (a.k.a. flipping) your classroom is a form of blended learning in which faculty move much of the traditional lecture and in-class information delivery to the web for the student to view outside of class.  This in turn allows the professor to spend more time interacting with students in the classroom.  That classroom time is used to perfect a skill, work through case studies or problems, hold engaging discussions, really anything that allows the student to apply what they have learned in some way that is meaningful to them.

Susan Rozzi and Michelle Futrell are professors in the Athletic Training Education program in the School of Education, Health and Human Performance.  They were kind enough to sit down with us and talk about their experience in reversing their classes.  In this interview they talk about how and why they did it, what worked and what did not work, and how they changed both their and their student’s views on learning.


In March, 2012 we had the opportunity to sit down with David Desplaces,  Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, and Assistant Professor in the Management and Entrepreneurship department in the School of Business at the College of Charleston to discuss how using clickers (TurningPoint) has changed the way he teaches his class.


We sat down with faculty who are using OAKS, the College’s online Learning Management System, to find out more about the quiz tool. We wanted to know how they used the tool, its benefits, how much time went into setting up quizzes in OAKS and advice for first time users. Here are the highlights of those conversations.

To hear each interview in its entirety, please click on a link:

Glenda Byars from Theatre

Michelle Futrell from Health & Human Performance

Garrett Mitchener from Mathematics

Gioconda Quesada from Marketing & Supply Chain

Tim Scheett from Health & Human Performance

In November, 2010 we had the opportunity to sit down with Darryl Phillips, Speaker of the Faculty and a professor in the Classics Department, to discuss how using wikis (PBWorks) has changed the way he teaches his class. Darryl earned an A.B. degree in Classics from Stanford University in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Duke University in 1995. He regularly offers a range of courses through both the Classics and History departments at the College. Darryl’s research projects explore Roman history and topography, with a special focus on Roman voting and the history and culture of the late Republic and Augustan age.


Dr. Merissa Ferrara joined the Department of Communication in 2005 as an Assistant Professor specializing in Interpersonal and

Health Communication.  In this interview Merissa speaks about how she transformed an assignment using VoiceThread in her classes.