The University of Pittsburgh Testing Center will remain closed while the University is in the High and Elevated postures. UPTC will reopen for limited testing services after the University of Pittsburgh moves to the Guarded Risk posture, and after an evaluation of building readiness by Facilities Management. Please continue to visit our Assessment Strategies webpage on a regular basis for information about alternative forms of assessment. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
If you're thinking about creating short video lectures or other multimedia content for your course this fall, visit our video software (asynchronous) page to learn more about software options for recording, editing, and distributing your videos. You can also visit our page about using multimedia in your teaching for additional information and resources.
The Flex@Pitt Playbook is now available and can help you frame options to design and develop a course that can accommodate the needs of in-person and remote students and instructors, address issues associated with possible rotating student cohorts, and flexibly respond to the possibility of changing public health regulations and recommendations. Visit the playbook resources on the Flex@Pitt Teaching Support course in Canvas for additional resources, workshops, diagrams, and tips. You may also visit our redesigned Teaching Center home page to browse resources related to Flex@Pitt implementation steps, key recommendations, remote course development strategies, and asynchronous teaching methods.
The Teaching Center is offering 30-minute consultations to faculty next week (July 20-24) to discuss pedagogical questions under the Flex@Pitt model for fall 2020 term. Please complete our online request form and select a time that will work for your schedule. A teaching consultant will then contact you to confirm the appointment. Please note, these sessions are to address pedagogical questions. If you have technology questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a Teaching Center representative will connect with you to provide assistance.
Join us for a workshop on incorporating active learning into remote lectures on Thursday, July 16. Whether you plan to deliver remote lectures synchronously using a web conferencing tool like Zoom or asynchronously using a lecture capture tool like Panopto, you will leave this workshop with at least three active learning strategies that you can use in your lectures. Please register online to attend. The Teaching Center has many workshops already scheduled to support you as you move to Flex teaching, and more are being added daily. Please see our most up-to-date list of current workshops below.
Pitt will transition to Canvas as its learning management system (LMS) for the fall 2020 term. To help faculty prepare, our Educational Software Consulting unit has been regularly hosting Introduction to Canvas workshops. Visit our Canvas Training page to view upcoming workshops and register. Instructors can also browse our catalog of Canvas recorded webinars, available at any time on Panopto. Canvas help is available 24/7/365 from within the Canvas application and through the Pitt IT Help Desk. Our Educational Software Consulting team is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we will share the latest news and updates via the Canvas @ Pitt section of our website.