Introducing Pathways for Faculty

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…

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Introducing TC60

Introducing TC60, our video blog series where we snapshot what’s happening at the University Center for Teaching and Learning in 60 seconds or less. We’ll add a new webisode every month, highlighting a current event at the Teaching Center. In March, the Teaching Center joined the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, affectionately known…

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Teaching Center staff article on professional development published

The Teaching Center’s own Lorna Kearns and Rae Mancilla were recently published in the American Journal of Distance Education. Their article, entitled “The Impact of Quality Matters Professional Development on Teaching Across Delivery Formats” explores the impact of professional development workshops for online course design on faculty’s pedagogical practices in online, face-to-face (f2f), and blended…

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Building a video game in higher ed

By: Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob and Joe Horne For the past two years, the School of Nursing worked closely with the Teaching Center to conceptualize, construct, test, and implement a video game for nursing students. The game is called PsychOut!, is played on the iPad, and is designed to teach players about using therapeutic communication techniques to assess…

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Learning outside your comfort zone

“When we learn something outside the comfort zone, we attempt to acquire knowledge or skills in an area where we’re lacking. Part of the discomfort derives from learning something we anticipate will be difficult. We have no idea how to do it, or we think it requires abilities we don’t have or have in meager…

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