On Tuesday, June 8, Chancellor Gallagher and Provost Cudd provided updates on resiliency planning and some further direction for Fall of 2020. As the Chancellor noted, “our classes will rely on a dynamic, hybrid approach to teaching and learning.” For the Fall 2020 term, instructors will need to be prepared to offer both in-person and remote modes of instruction, as social distancing recommendations, and public health concerns can change at any time. We continue to live through a challenging period, but we, the Pitt community, are up to this challenge! The Flex@Pitt model is an instructional model that accommodates in-person and remote instructors and students. Using this model, instructors are encouraged to flexibly leverage face-to-face class meetings with opportunities for remote students to participate. While the University continues with its assessment of learning spaces and determines room capacities and guidelines based on social distancing, we encourage faculty to consider how using video conferencing technology, synchronous online activities, and asynchronous online content can enable engagement for remote and in-person students. Responding to the challenges of the pandemic will take some effort, but together we can do it. Creating your plan now will make it easier to finalize fall course development once all logistical issues have been addressed.
Teaching surveys begin April 2, so now is the time to start planning for the survey period! Here are some tips from the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching to get you and your students prepared.
- You may customize your survey by adding questions. Check our Question Library for a comprehensive list of custom questions you can add to your survey.
- Plan now to allow class time for students to take the survey. Look for days and times between April 2 and April 22 to give students the opportunity to complete their surveys.
The University Center for Teaching and Learning advises faculty to consider activities that enable continuity of instruction in the event of high student/faculty absenteeism or changes to normal campus operations due to pandemic illness, natural disaster, unsafe conditions, or unforeseen emergencies. During such an event, it is prudent to minimize disruption to the essential processes of teaching and learning, while maintaining the health and safety of the campus community. Please visit our instructional continuity web page for resources that will assist you in continuing instruction in the event of an extended disruption to standard University operations.