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Teaching Center Update for March 17, 2020

Important Information About Recording Your Classes: In order to facilitate the free exchange of ideas during lectures, if a faculty member intends to record their lecture with student participation, they must advise the students, via e-mail and at the beginning of the lecture, that the lecture, including their participation, is being recorded. Students should not be required to participate in the recorded conversation and should be encouraged to ask questions off-line. Further, the recorded lecture may be used by the faculty member and the registered students only for internal class purposes and only during the term in which the course is being offered. Faculty who have questions should contact Consult the University policies for additional information on copyright.

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Teaching Center Update for March 15, 2020

Today’s updates:

  1. Zoom Video Conferencing is now available to all University faculty, staff, and students. You can access your enterprise account by visiting Pitt’s Zoom webpage and authenticating with your University credentials.
  2. Zoom is compatible with CourseWeb/Blackboard and we anticipate that it will be compatible with Canvas very soon.
  3. The Zoom Help Center contains a variety of resources to help you get started with using this video conferencing tool. We encourage you to view these resources for assistance with audio and video sharing, scheduling class meetings, and for a general overview of how you can use the tool to conduct synchronous meeting sessions.
  4. The Teaching Center has a Getting Started with Zoom page as an additional resource repository.

Teaching Center Update for March 13, 2020

The Teaching Center will begin offering a series of remote office hours starting Sunday, March 15. Sessions will be structured as either open topic or broad topic Q&A discussions and delivered remotely via Zoom. Teaching consultants and educational technologists will be available to answer instructors’ questions on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out our schedule for Remote Office Hours and Virtual Workshops starting Sunday, March 15.

Teaching Center Update for March 6, 2020

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.

Teaching Center Update for Feb. 28, 2020

As the world follows the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus, check out the University of Pittsburgh's Massive Open Online Course, Epidemics, Pandemics and Outbreaks. This MOOC is offered on Coursera and explores what we can do to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases from becoming epidemics or a pandemic. This course focuses on public health laws, and you'll hear from experts that provide a framework for effective prevention, like quarantine laws, drug development policies, and bioterrorism and biodefense.

Teaching Center Update for Feb. 21, 2020

Join our staff for a Researchers’ Writing Group every Friday in Alumni Hall. This voluntary writing program aims to provide support and accountability to faculty working on research. The program is open to all faculty and provides a space for individuals to meet and write together for a weekly three-hour block of time. The hope is that the writing groups will carve out time in researchers’ busy schedules for writing. For more information, contact Dr. Josie Rush at or by phone at 412-624-7213.

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