The University of Pittsburgh welcomed Dr. David Laude to campus for the 2020 Assessment and Teaching Conference, where he delivered the keynote address on creating a student-centered classroom. Hear from Dr. Laude and other faculty in attendance in our newest edition of Headlines. You can also watch Dr. Laude's full keynote on MyPitt Video.
On Tuesday, June 8, Chancellor Gallagher and Provost Cudd provided updates on resiliency planning and some further direction for Fall of 2020. As the Chancellor noted, “our classes will rely on a dynamic, hybrid approach to teaching and learning.” For the Fall 2020 term, instructors will need to be prepared to offer both in-person and remote modes of instruction, as social distancing recommendations, and public health concerns can change at any time. We continue to live through a challenging period, but we, the Pitt community, are up to this challenge! The Flex@Pitt model is an instructional model that accommodates in-person and remote instructors and students. Using this model, instructors are encouraged to flexibly leverage face-to-face class meetings with opportunities for remote students to participate. While the University continues with its assessment of learning spaces and determines room capacities and guidelines based on social distancing, we encourage faculty to consider how using video conferencing technology, synchronous online activities, and asynchronous online content can enable engagement for remote and in-person students. Responding to the challenges of the pandemic will take some effort, but together we can do it. Creating your plan now will make it easier to finalize fall course development once all logistical issues have been addressed.