The Office of the Provost announced yesterday that additional in-person classes may be offered on the Pittsburgh campus starting on Monday, Sept. 14. What does this mean for faculty and students?
- Some additional courses may be moving to in-person learning over the next few weeks.
- Students who wish to study remotely may continue to do so.
- Faculty who wish to continue to teach remotely may do so.
- In-person instruction that adheres to proper physical distancing (6 feet) is permitted under Pitt’s Standards and Guidelines on Shared Spaces. The Commonwealth’s guidance also exempts classroom settings used for educational instruction from indoor gathering limitations.
Face-to-face classes are scheduled to begin on Sept. 14. To support faculty who will be using the newly installed Flex@Pitt classroom technology, the Teaching Center has developed several resources:
- Our Zoom Rooms Introduction video provides an introduction to technology embedded in the classroom.
- The Zoom Rooms Technical Overview video provides information on creating Zoom meetings, setting up audio recordings, using screen sharing, and navigating controls.
- A guided tool will walk you through the steps of how to schedule your synchronous Zoom class sessions in Canvas, associate the classroom technology, and find your class recording afterwards.
The PittEd Justice Collective, a movement launched in June to center equity and anti-racist approaches in education, recently convened a panel of expert practitioners and scholars to provide insights on remote teaching and learning strategies. The webinar’s focus: anti-racist teaching and learning, and how to create remote learning environments that are anti-racist and equitable. You can watch the full webinar online and read highlights in Monday's PittWire article.
In a message to the University community on Wednesday, the Office of the Provost announced two significant developments:
- The remote learning period has been extended to Sept. 14. This adjustment will allow for the completion of staged arrival and shelter-in-place procedures so that all students can start in-person classes at the same time.
- The University has introduced Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance, a free, one-credit course that consists of a series of lectures given by renowned faculty, staff, and activists. All first-year students will be automatically enrolled in the course for the fall term, and it will be made available to the broader University community in a few weeks.
Additional resources are now available to assist with the Flex@Pitt Hybrid classroom technology.
- Zoom Rooms – Introduction: This video is an overview of the Flex@Pitt hybrid technology recently installed in several classrooms across campus.
- Zoom Rooms – Technical Overview: This video explains the technical details of using Zoom Rooms to create meetings, record lectures, share your screen, and more using the newly installed technology.
- How to Schedule Zoom Meetings in Canvas (so the recordings show up in your course): This interactive module guides you through the steps of creating a Zoom class meeting that integrates with Canvas and Panopto.
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.