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Teaching Center Update for Sept. 17, 2021

Deadline Approaching: Provost's Award for Diversity in the Curriculum
Applications for the Provost's Award for Diversity in the Curriculum are due Oct. 15. This award recognizes faculty who have modified their course or revised curricula to strengthen diversity and inclusion, resulting in changes of impact. Any full-time or part-time Pitt faculty member who has participated in diversity initiatives at the University may apply for this award. Please encourage faculty who have embraced inclusive teaching practices to submit an application.

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Teaching Center Update for Sept. 10, 2021

Returning To In-Person Teaching
All classes on the Pittsburgh campus will begin meeting in person starting on Monday, Sept. 13, unless permission for remote or hybrid delivery has been pre-approved, according to the office of the provost. While we look forward to the return of in-person learning after so much time, it is possible that individual faculty members and students may need to isolate at some points in the weeks ahead should University health guidelines require that. In light of this reality, we have developed a series of suggestions to help you support students who may be in quarantine or isolation—or accommodate your own absence, should the need arise. Please also consider adding a statement to your syllabi inviting students to contact you to discuss arrangements if they are required to quarantine or isolate due to Pitt’s health and safety guidelines.

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Teaching Center Update for Sept. 3, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions About Remote Access to Courses
The Teaching Center has published a new page of frequently asked questions about remote access to courses. As a reminder, instructors and students on the Pittsburgh campus can choose between being in the classroom or using Zoom for synchronous course delivery for another week. On Sept. 13, all classes are expected to transition to in-person.

Teaching Center Update for Aug. 27, 2021

The Teaching Center is Here to Help You Prepare for Fall Term
As fall term begins, the Teaching Center is available to provide advice, guidance, and assistance for a variety of instructional needs. We can assist with:

  • Designing assessments,
  • Identifying ways to use Canvas,
  • Increasing student engagement and active learning,
  • Creating video content,
  • Integrating educational technologies into the classroom,
And more. Contact us at and tell us how we can help!

Teaching Center Update for Aug. 20, 2021

Remote Access to Courses
The University will offer flexibility to both students and instructors by allowing remote access to courses during the first two weeks of the term, with some exceptions as noted in today’s announcement from the Office of the Provost. At the end of this period, all classes will be in-person beginning on Monday, Sept. 13. During this time, instructors and students will have the flexibility to choose between being in the classroom or using Zoom for synchronous course delivery.

Teaching Center Update for Aug. 6, 2021

Register to Attend: Provost's Fall Workshop Series on Student Success
The Teaching Center, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, will present a series of virtual workshops on Student Success throughout the fall term. The first is scheduled for Aug. 18, and is now open for registration. This workshop will provide an overview of the test-optional admissions policy at Pitt and data from the current admissions cycle for fall 2021. We will also identify and discuss possible implications and strategies for student success to support all our students as we prepare for the fall term. Learn more and register:

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