The latest edition of our TC60 video blog series spotlights orientation programs for new faculty and teaching assistants. Fall term is underway here at Pitt, and the University Center for Teaching and Learning welcomed more than 300 new faculty and teaching assistants to campus in late August. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Teaching Center has hosted New Faculty and New Teaching Assistant Orientations for more than 20 years.
Looking for a way to increase engagement with your students? The University Center for Teaching and Learning’s Classroom Services unit now has the Catchbox throwable microphone available for you to use in your classes. Instead of trying to pass a traditional microphone around from student to student to allow questions and input from them, toss…
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.