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Special Edition: Fall 2020 Teaching Surveys

Do You Plan to Add Custom Questions? The Teaching Survey period starts Monday, Nov. 9, and faculty can add custom questions to their surveys by Sunday, Nov. 8. Adding custom questions can help gather critical feedback on specific aspects of your class—especially as we navigate through new modes of teaching and learning. Go to the Teaching Survey dashboard to add questions. For assistance, you can visit our question library for resources like:

  • Questions most frequently added by Pitt faculty.
  • Questions specific to the Flex@Pitt model.
  • Questions about diversity and inclusion.
  • An additional bank with more than 300 potential questions.
Before getting started, read through our instructions on adding questions to your survey.

Teaching Center Update for Oct. 30, 2020

Earlier this week, the COVID-19 Medical Response Office shared shelter-in-place guidance for students. It is important to note that in-person, remote classroom experiences, and all Flex@Pitt teaching and learning options will continue during the shelter-in-place period on all campuses, as outlined in Provost Ann. E Cudd's message to faculty.

Teaching Center Update for Oct. 23, 2020

A new episode of Diversity Digest is now available and it focuses on the University's new course, "Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance." Faculty who helped create the course share what the course symbolizes for Pitt and what it means to them personally and professionally to be on the committee that designed the course. Additionally, the nomination period for the Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum is now open. This award recognizes faculty who have taught a modified course or revised curricula to strengthen diversity and inclusion, resulting in changes of impact. Any full-time or part-time Pitt faculty member who has participated in diversity initiatives at the University may apply for this award. Please encourage faculty who have embraced inclusive teaching practices to submit an applicationDeadline to nominate is Nov. 13.

Teaching Center Update for Oct. 16, 2020

The Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum recognizes faculty who have taught a modified course or revised curricula to strengthen diversity and inclusion, resulting in changes of impact. Any full-time or part-time Pitt faculty member who has participated in diversity initiatives at the University may apply for this award. Please encourage faculty who have embraced inclusive teaching practices to submit an application. The deadline for applications is Nov. 13.

Special Announcement: Provost’s Faculty Panel

Provost Ann E. Cudd will moderate a faculty panel discussion at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, that explores some of the pedagogical approaches, technologies, and modifications currently in use on our campuses. Join us for this one-hour panel that discusses teaching successes in the Flex@Pitt instructional model. Panelists include:

  • Joanne Baird, PhD, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Kristen Butela, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences
  • David Sanchez, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Gabby Yearwood, PhD, Department of Anthropology
Please visit the University Calendar to register for this event.

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Teaching Center Update for Oct. 9, 2020

On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, the University of Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh campus is planning to move from Elevated to Guarded Risk Posture. This decision, which is based on the recommendations of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Healthcare Advisory Group (HCAG), is dependent on the continuation of good results next week. The University plans to release more details on its move to Guarded Risk Posture—and the accompanying changes to academic and social life on campus—in the near future. Requirements and guidance that remain in place in Guarded Risk Posture include:

  • Wearing face coverings, indoors and out, with very few exceptions.
  • Maintaining a proper physical distance of 6 feet or more from others.
  • Washing or sanitizing hands frequently.
  • Minimizing the number of close contacts outside of roommates, pods and households.
Assuming there are no significant changes in conditions, all five University of Pittsburgh campuses will be in Guarded Risk Posture as of Monday, Oct. 19.

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