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Teaching Center Update for Sept. 11, 2020

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.
You can read the full message from the Office of the Provost online.

Teaching Center Update for Sept. 4, 2020

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.
  • 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.

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Teaching Center Update for August 28, 2020

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.

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Teaching Center Update for August 21, 2020

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.
You can read the full message from the Office of the Provost online.

Flex@Pitt Technology

Teaching Center Update for August 14, 2020

Additional resources are now available to assist with the Flex@Pitt Hybrid classroom technology.

As a reminder, the Flex@Pitt Playbook can help you frame options to design and develop a course that can accommodate the needs of in-person and remote students and instructors, address issues associated with possible rotating student cohorts, and flexibly respond to the possibility of changing public health regulations and recommendations. Visit the Flex@Pitt Playbook for additional resources, workshops, diagrams, and tips.

Teaching Center Update for August 7, 2020

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.

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