The Teaching Center's Educational Software Consulting team will continue to host a series of Introduction to Canvas workshops each week in preparation for the University’s transition to the Canvas learning management system. These workshops serve as an opportunity for instructors to learn about Pitt's new learning management system in three 1-hour installments. Please visit our website for more information and to register. Upcoming Canvas workshops:
The schedule for the 2020 Provost's Diversity Institute for Faculty Development has been announced and registration is now open. This event offers Pitt faculty the opportunity to increase awareness about diversity and develop skills needed to teach in a diverse, multicultural environment. The first session takes place on May 13.
To help decrease stress and facilitate continued academic success, the University has adopted a significant level of flexibility in course grading for the spring 2020 semester. When grades have been posted, all Pitt students enrolled in courses for a letter grade during the 2204 (spring) term may choose to convert the grading of any of their courses from a letter grade basis to a satisfactory (S)/no credit (NC) basis. All courses that are awarded S grades will count toward graduation/degree requirements and satisfy future course prerequisites. Please find more information regarding undergraduate, and graduate grading policies below:
While Pitt's traditional in-person commencement ceremony has been postponed, the University community is coming together virtually to celebrate 2020 graduates on Sunday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m. EDT. The virtual ceremony will be available on Facebook, YouTube, Smart TV, and on additional social media platforms. Visit PittWire for more information on how you can be part of this historic gathering and celebrate Pitt's Class of 2020.
Teaching Surveys from the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching (OMET) are open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Faculty are encouraged to communicate with students about the importance of feedback, especially as courses have transitioned to a remote format. Four questions have been added to all surveys to gather feedback on modifications to the spring 2020 term. Please visit OMET's web page for more information.
As previously announced, effective for the summer 2020 term, the University’s learning management system will transition to Canvas from CourseWeb (Blackboard Learn). As students have made it clear that they prefer a single LMS for all courses, instructors are encouraged to make every effort to transition their courses to Canvas. However, should current circumstances require additional time, a temporary extension is available for summer courses through the Student Information System (PeopleSoft). Currently being used in a limited release, Canvas was selected as the best platform for advancing the University’s teaching and learning mission following an extensive evaluation in 2019. Canvas training opportunities and online resources remain available through the Teaching Center. In addition, Canvas offers 24/7/365 support for all Pitt faculty, student, and staff. To opt out of the Canvas transition, faculty can request that their course(s) continue to use CourseWeb (Blackboard) through the Faculty Center. Please visit our Canvas @ Pitt web page for more information on the LMS transition.