Important Announcement from the ETS Regarding Blackboard Upgrades
The Blackboard upgrade is scheduled to begin the day after final grades are posted to the PeopleSoft system, on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 6:00 AM. We intend for service to be restored about 48 hours later. Please see our webpage for details and join our mailing list for updates.
Information About Student Opinion of Teaching Surveys
Student Opinion of Teaching Surveys are underway and will be available until April 19. Some strategies to increase response rates include: talking to students about the survey process; reminding students often and emphatically to complete the surveys; and setting aside class time for students to take the survey.
To see how other Pitt Faculty have successfully attained higher-than-average response rates, read these instructor suggestions on the topic of strategies for enhanced participation.
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Enroll in the TOP Workshop!
We have limited seats available for the Teaching Online @ Pitt Workshop, which begins May 18, 2015. The purpose of this three-week course is to provide faculty participants with an overview of the online course development process. In addition, we will examine technologies to present your course content and engage student in learning activities. Sign up at the Pitt Online’s Faculty Resource Page.
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Teaching Tip: Responding to Student Writing
Try adopting Richard Haswell’s strategy of “minimal marking.” Rather than mark and/or correct all writing errors (e.g. grammar, spelling, etc.), withhold or lower a grade until the students revises, re-edits, and resubmits the paper for a fresh read. This approach encourages students to develop their own mental procedures for finding and correcting errors. Furthermore, focus feedback on how to improve writing for clarity and coherence. This approach promotes revision, rather than the perception that editing is the only improvement needed.
Make your Teaching Consultation Appointment
Teaching Consultants are now making appointments to prepare for the spring term and for confidential observations. Make your appointment now by contacting CIDDE.
Make your TA Services Consultation Appointment
TA Services offers a consultation service for individuals and for departments. A TA Services representative will be happy to come to your department and speak with a faculty member, or faculty members, who are interested in examining and/or improving support or training for Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows in that department. TA Services consultants meet regularly with TAs who are interested in improving their instructional technique. For an appointment, contact TA Services.