Teaching Resources and Links
Other University Technology Tools and Services
These tools and services are managed out of Pitt IT and help for them can be had 24/7/365 from the Pitt IT Help Desk.
- Virtual Lab
The Pitt IT Virtual Lab enables you to access much of the same lab software and resources that you use while sitting in a Pitt IT Student Computing Lab on campus.
- Pitt email and calendar (Outlook)
- Microsoft Teams
- Pitt Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- Pitt Software Services
- The Study Lab On Demand, offered by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, provides online modules to help you succeed in a new learning environment. The modules are free and available to any Pitt student.
- Study Lab also continues to offer one-on-one peer tutoring and academic coaching sessions to Dietrich School undergraduates. All appointments are held in a virtual classroom and can be scheduled online.
- Zoom Videoconferencing
- Zoom How-to Resources
- Suggestions for Maximizing the TA Experience: Teaching assistants (TAs) are integral to the educational goals of the University, yet faculty members and course directors often wonder how best to involve their teaching assistants in their courses. As graduate TAs receive funding and make progress toward their degrees, they also contribute substantially to the student experience, in roles that may include: course planning, grading and providing feedback, leading recitations and labs, holding office hours and review sessions, developing lesson plans, creating assessments and activities, taking attendance and maintaining the class Canvas site.
- LinkedIn Learning: Free to Pitt users, LinkedIn offers online educational videos by industry experts.
(Note: All resources linked below require access through the MyPitt Portal.)
- How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching: A discussion of the learning process through seven research-based principles.
- Online Teaching At Its Best: A research-based resource for online teaching.
- Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto: An argument for the emancipatory potential of teaching.
- Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors: A research-based resource for college instructors.
- Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning – short video intro: A 5-minute asynchronous video offering an introduction into the cognitive theory behind why we believe Mayer’s Principles work
- Mayer’s Principles of Multimedia Design: Short video intro: A 9-minute asynchronous video listing and giving examples of Mayer’s Principles
Teaching Resources and Links
- Center for Integrating Research, Teaching, and Learning: The Pitt-CIRTL Community at the University of Pittsburgh is training the next generation of STEM faculty members with knowledge of and engagement in evidence-based teaching/learning practices. Our learning community consists of a diverse and vibrant group of PhD students, Post-docs, and Faculty members. Pitt-CIRTL offers in-person professional development courses (available for transcript credit or not-for-credit), seminars, and workshops in addition to the online courses, seminars, and workshops offered through the CIRTL Network.
- Discipline-based Science Education Research Center: dB-SERC conducts workshops and offers consultations for both veteran and new faculty and teaching assistants with a mission to help a wider audience of faculty and graduate students learn about effective approaches to teaching.
- Healthy Lifestyle Institute
- Information Literacy Rubrics: The ULS Information Literacy and Assessment Working Group has created several rubrics that can be used by faculty and librarians to incorporate appropriate structure and assessment to the development of their instructional sessions.
- Open Educational Resource Commons: Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.
- Sample Rubrics by AAC&U: Interactive site where you can input learning outcomes to get downloadable rubrics.
- Course Design and Delivery Options: A list to help instructors decide on the best format (synchronous, asynchronous, blended, etc.) for their courses.
- PRIDE Syllabus: Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Syllabus Maybe you’ve heard it before, seen it on signs: The first Pride was a riot. When individuals in LGBTQIA+ communities say this, it’s often both as a reminder of the annual celebration’s radical origins in the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and as a criticism of depoliticized Pride celebrations that prioritize corporations over the most marginalized of their own communities. And so while Pride is a time of self-affirmation, it’s also a time to celebrate the diverse history of LGBTQIA+ communities and honor radical demands for equality.
- Syllabus Checklist/Statements: Instructors should provide a syllabus to students enrolled in their course. This document provides a point-by-point breakdown of what to include.
- ZOOM Webinars FAQ: Please note that Zoom Videoconferencing and Zoom Video Webinars differ in access and functionality. All University faculty can host Zoom online meetings, while Zoom Webinars requires special permission granted at the individual department/school level.