The University of Pittsburgh will transition to the Canvas Learning Management System in 2020. Canvas will allow instructors to deliver content in a more organized way, communicate with students through multiple channels, and grade assignments for students with better tools, along with a host of other features. Recently, Canvas representatives met with our LMS Support and Consulting team and our CSSD colleagues to begin learning how to best implement this LMS for the University community. Watch Headlines: Canvas @ Pitt video or visit our Canvas @ Pitt web page to learn more information about the resources available to you in the new learning management system.
Now is the time to start planning for the spring term Teaching Survey period (April 1 – 21). You can begin preparing now by customizing your surveys or browsing resources on specific topics in the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching’s question library.
Faculty will receive an e-mail next week regarding more information about the spring term survey period and a link to instructions. In the meantime, think about budgeting class time for students to complete their surveys. Contact OMET for assistance.
The Provost's Diversity Institute begins with two events at the Community Engagement Center in Homewood on April 29. Inside-Out: Experiences from the Pitt Prison Education Project (10 a.m.) kicks things off, and facilitates dialogue and education across social differences by co-enrolling students from university and incarcerated settings. Teaching Side by Side (1 p.m.) follows in the afternoon, offering a community-based learning format that brings together college students and community residents or organizations in classes taught by university faculty. Information on these sessions, registration, and more can be found on the Provost's Diversity Institute for Faculty Development web page. Eligible faculty will receive a stipend for attending these sessions.