Once upon a time, at my two-year college, all students were required to take a literature course in order to graduate. They could choose American, British, or world literature, but they had to pick one. That mandate was scrapped a few years ago, and lit courses got lumped into a broad “humanities and fine arts”…
The latest edition of our TC60 video blog series spotlights Pitt Online’s Massive Open Online Course, “Gender and Sexuality: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace.” The course addresses how identity shapes our experiences in the work environment. The MOOC was selected by Coursera to be part of its Education for Social Impact campaign. The MOOC, co-taught by Dr. Julie Beaulieu of Pitt and Dr. Susan Marine of Merrimack College, has now reached an audience of nearly 2,000 online learners since April.
Teaching in the Information Age makes use of a great deal of digital content, such as PDF files and video recordings. Students with disabilities may have difficulty using such materials. We can help you evaluate and improve the accessibility of your course materials in order to better serve the vibrant and diverse community at Pitt.
Research suggests that experimenting with additional ways of measuring and assessing teaching, beyond student opinion surveys, can be valuable and help instructors to improve and refine their teaching practices. The University Center for Teaching and Learning has a number of resources that can assist with measuring and evaluating teaching effectiveness. Visit Assessment of Teaching for more information.
We’d like to welcome Dr. Alan Lesgold to the Teaching Center. Dr. Lesgold, Professor Emeritus and recent Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education (2000-2016), will be working with us part-time during this academic year and will lead efforts focused on assessment and scholarship of teaching. You can read more about Dr….