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.
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….
Based on the title, and Wieman’s reputation in the field, my expectations were that this would be a book about using best practices for teaching science at the undergraduate level, and lots of data – both quantitative and qualitative – to back up the conclusions. I was disappointed to discover that I was mistaken.
Almost 700 faculty from across Pitt responded to last fall’s survey about technology-enhanced learning. They described a wide array of teaching approaches and many envisioned additional opportunities for using technology to support their teaching goals, including increased student engagement. We are currently reviewing the data to better understand faculty needs and inform the new initiatives…
Student feedback on teaching is useful, but it’s better to assess teaching effectiveness through a variety of methods. In the latest edition of our TC60 video blog series, you can learn how The University Center for Teaching and Learning can help you and your department design a holistic strategy that looks at teaching through multiple lenses. Some possibilities include classroom observations, course reviews, peer assessments, teaching inventories or cohorts, focus groups, and instructional diagnosis.