Envisioning a Future in 3D

Will you and your students soon use 3D printer technology as a routine part of teaching and learning at Pitt? CIDDE recently acquired a low end 3D printer to explore as an innovative instructional technology.  The New Media Consortium calls 3D printing “an especially appealing technology as applied to active and project-based learning in higher…

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Successful Teaching in Large Enrollment Classes

The Summer Instructional Development Institute features a day of workshops dedicated to improving your large enrollment classes. Come to one or both sessions on June 24th in Alumni Hall Room 532. Session 1: Maximizing Courseweb for Large Enrollment Classes, 10:30 a.m.-noon Join Courseweb experts from CIDDE’s Educational Technology Center to uncover tips, tricks, and strategies…

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A Minute of Time on the Internet

Have you ever wondered what one minute is like on the internet? Software provider Domo has given it a stab with its latest infographic. The internet continues to grow, and its user base increases each day. E-mail and the search engine Google dominate sharing online, and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube aren’t…

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DIY E-Books Using Open Source Tools

By: Dean Croll & Mike Howie ePub, short for Electronic Publishing, is a type of electronic document with the file extension .epub. It’s a free and open source file type, which means that the file source code is made available under a license from the copyright holder to allow anyone to share, distribute, edit, or…

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Lullabies and Lectures: Things that aid sleep

Lectures are boring but this article isn’t. If you are using your class time to lecture to your students, you should probably give it a read. Science Insider cites a new study that presents evidence proving undergraduate students are more likely to fail in standard lecture classes, as opposed to more active teaching environments. Active learning…

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