The Question of Accessibility

Before coming to The University of Pittsburgh, I taught public speaking to a class of about 25 students, all at different points in their education. I had spent many hours preparing the course and creating materials. As someone who loves public speaking, I was really excited about the course. On the first day of class…

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Training for Future Faculty Expanding at Pitt

It’s an old joke; college students can only choose two: good grades, a social life, or enough sleep. Graduate students must choose one to give up on entirely: Good grades, a social life, enough sleep, a timely thesis, adequate clinical skills, or TA responsibilities. It’s no joke that graduate students have a lot to balance:…

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Daily Online Testing in Large Classes

Two large universities introduced an in-class, computer-based system of daily online testing as part of a study that revealed some interesting results. In surveying 901 students, more frequent testing resulted in better scores when compared to 935 students participating in classes with traditional midterm testing schedules. Exam performance improved by nearly half a letter grade,…

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Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Modern tablet computers — such as the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and even many smart phones — can offer faculty a lightweight and inexpensive alternative to full-sized laptop PCs in the classroom. PowerPoint presentations, online video clips, websites, and even full digital films can all play from these devices. However, since they lack disk…

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