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Teaching Center Update for April 10, 2020

Recorded Virtual Workshops: The Teaching Center hosted a series of virtual workshops related to finals and assessments this week and recorded versions are now available for viewing online. Topics included:

  • Finals: Creating and Using Rubrics for Remote Delivery Courses
  • Finals: Conducting Exams in Blackboard
  • Finals: Essentials of Remote Grading and Feedback
We will announce the upcoming workshop schedule as we finalize details.

Teaching Center Update for April 3, 2020

Special Message from Pitt Information Technology About Zoom: To increase security and privacy, a change will be made to default settings in the University’s Zoom Video Conferencing service ( on Saturday, April 4. This effort is an important step to minimize “Zoombombing,” a practice in which uninvited attendees disrupt a meeting by sharing inappropriate or offensive material. Following this change, only hosts and co-hosts will have the ability to share their screens by default. However, hosts may complete these steps to enable screen sharing for participants on a per meeting basis or change settings to enable participant screen sharing by default for all meetings. Please refer to Pitt Information Technology’s list of Zoom best practices and training resources for additional tips on securing your online meetings. Zoom also offers guidance for protecting virtual classrooms. Please contact the 24/7 IT Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357) at any time if you have questions or need assistance using Zoom.

Teaching Center Update for April 2, 2020

The Teaching Center will offer two new virtual workshops this week to further assist with the transition to remote learning. 

All workshops will be conducted via Zoom, are approximately one hour in length, and all times are EDT. You can find additional workshops for the week of April 6 on the Teaching Center's webpage. As a reminder, you can also view previous recordings of virtual workshops online as well.

Teaching Center Update for March 31, 2020

The Student Opinion of Teaching Surveys will begin on Monday, April 6, and end Sunday, April 19.

  • The survey period will start one week later than normal and run for two weeks instead of three.
  • Four questions will be added to all surveys to gather student input about the transition to remote teaching and learning.
  • Instructors can add their own personalized questions through April 5.
  • Survey results from this term should not be used as part of the 2019-20 annual review process, or submitted as part of a dossier for promotion or tenure for T/TS/AS faculty, unless a faculty member requests them to be included.
Visit the Student Opinion of Teaching Survey page for more information.

Teaching Center Update for March 27, 2020

Like most other public forums, it’s possible to have a person (who may or may not be invited) disrupt an event that’s meant to bring people together. To help combat this in the remote environment, authors at Zoom Blog created a list of settings to consider that will help keep your sessions free from "crashers" and uninvited guests. Some tips include:

You can read the full Zoom Blog article online. If you have any questions about Zoom Web Conferencing, contact the Pitt Information Help Desk at or 412-624-HELP.

Teaching Center Update for March 23, 2020

We hope that the first day of remote teaching has gone smoothly for you and your students. We wanted to share a few important updates with you and will continue to do so throughout the week. Additionally, we wanted to make you aware that two virtual workshops that we facilitated on Friday are now available for viewing (information below). 1) Please read the message from Provost Cudd to all Pitt faculty members on March 20. The message addresses significant topics like:

  • access to faculty offices and labs for instructional purposes.
  • guidance for grading.
  • thesis defenses and other milestones.
  • teaching assistants and teaching fellows.
  • academic term dates.
  • summer term planning.
  • Student Opinion of Teaching Surveys.
  • resources for teaching remotely.
We also recommend that you read Provost Cudd's message to students as well.

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