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Teaching Center Update for Oct. 2, 2020

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Teaching Center Update for Sept. 25, 2020

We are pleased to announce that University of Pittsburgh on Coursera is now available. This program allows Pitt students, faculty, and staff to access nearly 4,000 courses offered by Coursera partner institutions at no cost. The courses are non-credit, but successful completion could earn joint credentials from both the universities offering the course and Coursera. The program was designed by the Coursera community to assist colleges and universities with delivering courseware online to help minimize the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on students, faculty and staff. For more information on how to enroll, please visit Pitt Online's page on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Teaching Center Update for Sept. 18, 2020

Requests for fall midterm course surveys increased 60 percent from the spring 2020 term. Thank you to all faculty who have requested this service through the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching (OMET). Key Dates:

  • Sept. 21-27: Surveys will be available to students.
  • Sept. 29: Results will be available to instructors through the Teaching Survey dashboard.
If you didn’t request a midterm survey through OMET, there are still plenty of ways to collect student feedback throughout the term. Read why Pitt Faculty think it’s important and about other ways to collect feedback.

Classroom with students socially distancing.

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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