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E. Maxine Bruhns, Who Served As The Director Of The University Of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms In The Cathedral Of Learning

Remembering Maxine Bruhns, “A Citizen of the World”

For more than 50 years, E. Maxine Bruhns served as the director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning, collectively designated as a historic landmark by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. Over the years,…

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Innovation in Education Awards

In support of its ongoing mission to further strengthen the role of teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) annually invites proposals from University faculty for projects that enhance teaching at Pitt and…

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2019 Advancing Educational Excellence Award Winners

2019 Advancing Educational Excellence Awards

We’d like to congratulate Charline Rowland (teaching consultant), Mark Vehec (web developer), Robin Albright (senior instructional designer), and Tahirah Walker (manager, Teaching Support) for earning the Teaching Center’s 2019 Advancing Educational Excellence award! The annual honor is a peer-driven award…

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Making your course content accessible with Ally

The Teaching Center, along with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will be piloting Ally in Blackboard* this coming spring 2020 term. Ally provides instructors with guidance on how to correct accessibility issues with course content, which means learning materials…

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3D-printed Brain Section

Students design 3D brain models to learn and teach neuroanatomy

The human brain is an incredibly complex 3D structure that is difficult to comprehend using only 2D images. However, visualizing the 3D structures of brain components and their spatial relationships is critical for understanding brain function and diagnosing neurological disorders. Students in Erika Fanselow’s neuroanatomy course tackle this by designing 3D models of multiple related brain structures based on measurements made from 2D images such as brain scans. In conjunction with Pitt’s Open Lab, students use web-based modeling software to develop and print their models. This project facilitates students’ conceptualization of brain structures and allows them to teach their peers.
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Gradescope Feedback Loop

Introducing Gradescope

Gradescope, a popular grading software, is now available for all Pitt faculty and students at no cost. The software makes administering many paper-based assessments much easier for instructors, while simultaneously providing students with quicker and more meaningful feedback on their…

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Cynthia Golden, Director, University Center For Teaching And Learning

What’s Ahead for Fall 2019?

The calendar shows that we celebrate our new year in January, but for me, the beginning of the fall term has always been my new year. The arrival of a new school year brings change. It’s a time to reflect…

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Regional Faculty Symposium a Success

The University Center for Teaching and Learning welcomed nearly 250 faculty, faculty support specialists, and graduate students to campus on March 11th for the 2019 Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium. The one-day conference gave education professionals a chance to spend a…

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2018 Advancing Educational Excellence Awards

We’d like to congratulate Cressida Magaro (instructional technologist, Educational Software Consulting), Brittany Page (media producer, Academic Digital Media), and Bobby Ackerman (manager, Educational Software Consulting) for earning the Teaching Center’s 2018 Advancing Educational Excellence award! The annual honor recognizes Teaching…

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