Teaching Center Update for August 18, 2017

Blackboard has introduced new mobile apps for Instructors and Students replacing the original MobileLearn app. The new Blackboard app is optimized for students and the new Blackboard Instructor app is optimized for Instructors wishing to view content and grade assessments on their mobile devices. Look for both in your preferred app store.

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Technology-enhanced Learning Survey

Almost 700 faculty from across Pitt responded to last fall’s survey about technology-enhanced learning. They described a wide array of teaching approaches and many envisioned additional opportunities for using technology to support their teaching goals, including increased student engagement. We are currently reviewing the data to better understand faculty needs and inform the new initiatives…

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TC60: Assessment of Teaching

Student feedback on teaching is useful, but it’s better to assess teaching effectiveness through a variety of methods. In the latest edition of our TC60 video blog series, you can learn how The University Center for Teaching and Learning can help you and your department design a holistic strategy that looks at teaching through multiple lenses. Some possibilities include classroom observations, course reviews, peer assessments, teaching inventories or cohorts, focus groups, and instructional diagnosis.

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Digital Nonfiction Workshop

Erin Anderson
A big thank you to Meg Koleck and the Center for Teaching and Learning Open Lab for working with me on this project. When I first got the idea that I might want to experiment with 360 video in my teaching, I saw it as a long-term proposition that I might aim to develop over the next couple of years. Working with Meg, I was able to get the support I needed develop a project for my class over a single semester.

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Teaching Center Update for July 19, 2017

The University Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to introduce Pathways for Faculty, an educational experience designed to enrich the teaching practice of Pitt faculty by focusing on a specific aspect of teaching. Organized into cohorts, faculty can earn a teaching credential by completing the program, and also gain access to a community that nurtures the teaching practice – while staying focused on research guided principles.

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