Pitt Online is excited to be a part of CIDDE’s transformation into the University Center for Teaching and Learning! The new Center will focus on activities that align with the Provost Office’s Plan for Pitt. The organization will be a resource for faculty to experiment with emerging technologies, conduct research on pedagogy, share best practices, and implement teaching innovations in new classrooms. We’ll also see an expansion of programs and services, including Centers for Mentoring, Communication, and Diversity in the Curriculum, as well as Course Incubator projects and Teaching Exchanges. It’s an exciting time for Pitt Online as we look forward to working with the University in new and challenging ways!
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Please join us in welcoming Timothy Strasser to the team as an Instructional Designer! Tim joins us from New Mexico State University, where he served as Instructional Consultant in Academic Technology for four years. He is currently a student in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Higher Education Management EdD program and is originally from the South New Jersey area. Welcome to Pitt Online, Tim!
We’re only weeks away from the fall term! By now, all course materials for new and revision courses should be with Pitt Online instructional designers and technologists. This calendar will highlight important dates as we being a new school year! View the 2016–17 Academic Calendar for an expanded timeline.
The Center for Teaching and Learning now offers a file converter tool to the University community that makes inaccessible documents into more accessible media. Through a tool called SensusAccess, you can convert files like Word documents or PDFs into media like searchable PDFs, audio MP3s, Braille files, or e-text. You can find this tool and many more on our Pitt Accessibility Resources page.
The Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching (OMET) will debut a new-and-improved Teaching Survey for the school year. Delivered through eXplorance Blue, the Teaching Survey is a more dynamic, user-friendly system. It will be easier than ever to:
Look for more information from OMET once the fall term begins!
Congratulations to Dr. Mary Goldberg, Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences! Professor Goldberg was named one of the top Tech Innovators of 2016 by The Chronicle of Higher Education for her role in developing and sustaining a program called Experiential Learning for Veterans in Assistive Technology and Engineering, or ELeVATE, at Pitt’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories. The program provides counseling to students with disabilities and instructs them in math, writing, and research, while also helping disabled veterans ease back into the workplace in pursuit of STEM careers. Pitt Online worked with Professor Goldberg while developing Disability Awareness and Support, the Massive Open Online Course that’s currently available through Coursera.
Full article: Mary Goldberg Helps Disabled Veterans Find STEM Careers
Congratulations to Sheila Corrall, Professor at the School of Information Sciences! Her essay, “Taming a Wicked Problem: Meeting Academic Standards, Institutional Goals and Professional Expectations in Online Courses,” was accepted as a session topic at the IFLA World Library and Information Conference in Columbus, OH. The paper describes Professor Corrall’s experiences in developing two Pitt Online courses for the Library and Information Sciences program, including comparisons of delivery models and eight critical factors for success in an online course.
The Teaching Online @ Pitt workshop is accepting enrollments for the next session, starting on Monday, September 26, 2016. The three-week workshop will introduce you to best practices for teaching online and give you a sense of what it’s like to be an online student at Pitt. There are no required meeting times and you’ll spend about three hours per week participating in group discussions and activities. We’ve seen great diversity of backgrounds in the 120+ participants since the program’s inception! Instructors have enrolled from:
The more the merrier! Please encourage your colleagues to enroll in the next session!
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