The University of Pittsburgh will host the fourth annual Diversity Retreat: Instituting a Culture of Inclusion in Alumni Hall on June 25. The event will feature an array of engaging workshops, roundtable discussions, poster presentations, a community panel session, and featured presentations that outline how we can foster an equitable, just, and inclusive campus community. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The retreat is free to attend, but seating is limited and registration will close when capacity is met. Register online to attend, and view the event flyer for more information.
The Teaching Center's Academic Digital Media team has been collaborating with faculty from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences on the production of "Flash Classes,” a hyper-abbreviated lecture series on different topics. In the latest edition Dr. Sophia Choukas-Bradley, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, presents a flash class entitled, "Adolescence in 90 seconds."
The University of Pittsburgh's Department of Biological Sciences set out to enhance a sense of community among students in the Foundations of Biology 1 course during the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. Through this Course Incubator project that utilized stickers, syllabus infographics, and roaming lecturers, faculty found new ways to think about transforming large enrollment classes. Read more about this transformation in the latest edition of the University Times.
The Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development continues in May with a couple of featured workshops:
- May 15: Teaching and Learning Support for International Students and Faculty
- May 28: Women of Color Teaching at Pitt: Resources and Discussion
Visit the Provost's Diversity Institute for Faculty Development web page for more information and to register for all or individual sessions. Faculty on less than a 12-month contract are eligible to receive a stipend. The stipends range from $100 to $250 per session for participating in these workshops. Stipends will be paid at the conclusion of the 2019 Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development.
In the latest edition of "Headlines," Professor Sam Dickerson and Dr. Sera Thornton discuss the Light Board in the Teaching Center's Media Creation Lab. Dickerson, a faculty member in the Swanson School of Engineering, has worked with the Teaching Center to produce educational video his students are "motivated to watch." Learn more in Headlines!
Blackboard will be unavailable on Thursday, May 2, during an extended maintenance period which starts at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and ends at 11:59 p.m. If work is completed ahead of schedule, the system will be returned to service and an announcement will be posted on the Information Technology Department's website. This maintenance is necessary to maintain the stability and reliability of Blackboard. During this system update, instructors will not be able to synchronize new materials between Blackboard and Panopto, but you can still log in to Panopto to view video content.