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Professional Development Workshops

All workshops, unless noted, are open to anyone in the Pitt Public Health community.

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Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

Fri 11/10 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Mendeley: Cloud Based Citation Management
Public Health A312

This 2 hour session will get you up and running with Mendeley, a document management, citation and discovery tool. Mendeley allows you to store your citations on the cloud and access them from desktop computers, iOS and Android devices. 

Class content:
•          Installing Mendeley desktop, and creating a Mendeley Web account
•          Installing Mendeley Web Importer
•          Adding citations to Mendeley
•          Organizing your content 
•          Attaching files to citations
•          Citing and referencing with Word and Mendeley

Participants must bring a laptop to this session in order to participate in the class activities. We will install the Mendeley Desktop software and set up your Mendeley account as part of the class. If you already have a username and password for any Elsevier product (Scopus, Mendeley, ScienceDirect, etc.) please bring it to class.

Presented by: Barb Folb, MM, MLS, MPH, Public Health Librarian 
Register in advance.

Tue 11/14 11:00AM - 1:00PM
EndNote Basics
Public Health A312

EndNote is a software application that stores, organizes, and formats bibliographic references. This class walks participants step-by-step through the program’s main functions: creating and working with references and reference libraries; using EndNote to search a bibliographic database (MEDLINE); doing a separate literature search, then importing the results into EndNote; adding citations to a manuscript; and generating a bibliography.

This is a hands-on class. You must bring a laptop with EndNote installed on it to participate, or let us know that you will need a laptop by 11/7 and one will be provided at the session.

Presented by: Pat Weiss, MLS, Public Health Librarian
Register in advance.

Thu 11/30 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization
Public Health A312

You've collected your data. Now what? In this class we will learn how to use access Tableau as a student or faculty, connect to data sources, and how to use Tableau to maximize the visual impact of your data.

Presented by: Rose Turner, MLS, HSLS Librarian
Register in advance.

Other Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Mon 10/23 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Event
Tools for Creating Personalized Learning (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Tools for Creating Personalized Learning (Pitt UCTL)
Mon 10/23 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Hillman Library

This workshop will be held in the Hillman Library Digital Scholarship Commons, on the ground floor.

This workshop will demonstrate several tools for creating simulations, personalized learning and mastery learning modules using Blackboard, Qualtrics and VPSim. Using these tools, you can create innovative online and blended learning experiences for your students that allow them to work at their own pace to master content, use formative assessments to personalize their learning path, and participate in rich simulations that encourage active learning and decision-making. To get the most out of this session, attendees should have a basic working knowledge of Blackboard and Qualtrics. (For an introduction to Qualtrics, please register for our Qualtrics Survey System workshop on August 7September 5 or October 3.) 

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of personalized learning and simulations in the classroom
  • Use advanced adaptive release and achievements in Blackboard
  • Use the Survey Flow and Embedded Data to create branching in Qualtrics
  • Request a VPSim account and build a basic simulation
Wed 10/25 2:00PM - 4:00PM - Event
Best Practices in Online Teaching (pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Best Practices in Online Teaching (pitt UCTL)
Wed 10/25 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Alumni Hall

Best Practices in Online Teaching – Faculty who teach online or hybrid classes want to know how to design and teach courses that are pedagogically effective. This workshop will summarize and synthesize research about the most effective practices in teaching learner-centered courses and point to CourseWeb tools that can help you implement engaging teaching strategies. Topics covered will include strategies and tools for planning sequenced assignments and activities, managing the course, and evaluation. The workshop will be of interest to faculty who teach online or who are interested in incorporating online components into their traditional courses. Bring your questions, ideas and experiences to share.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Organize materials for your course in CourseWeb
• Use CourseWeb to communicate with your students
• Design collaborative learning activities by selecting tools such as Groups, Discussion Board, Wiki, Blog or Journal
• Provide feedback to students with tools such as the rubric or quizzes
Thu 10/26 1:00PM - 2:30PM - Event
Teaching with Prezi (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Teaching with Prezi (Pitt UCTL)
Thu 10/26 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

Looking for a way to move beyond traditional slides or add new life to old presentations? Prezi is an easy-to-use presentation tool (as easy to use as PowerPoint) that provides a fresh, new, interactive way to present information to your students. Driven by Flash animation, Prezi allows you to organize course content in logical ways, while at the same time establishing multiple 
connections between multiple fields of knowledge. You can use Prezi to give a presentation in a predetermined “Path,” or explore instead, in response to student interactions. You can even have your students navigate, contribute to, or create a Prezi on their own. Prezi also easily integrates media. (To see sample Prezis, see: http://prezi.com/explore/.) This interactive workshop will familiarize you with the pedagogical and technical aspects of working with Prezi.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Identify some of the advantages of Prezi over traditional presentation tools, like PowerPoint.
• Use best practices in teaching with Prezi.
• Create their own new Prezi or convert an old PowerPoint presentation into a Prezi.
• Avoid common pitfalls in the creation of Prezis
Fri 10/27 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Event
Developing a Teaching Portfolio (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Developing a Teaching Portfolio (Pitt UCTL)
Fri 10/27 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Alumni Hall

Teaching portfolios are an important component of many academic job applications and the promotion process: it is never too early in your teaching career to begin developing yours. While teaching portfolios vary widely, this workshop presents some guidelines to follow and some basic strategies you can use to ensure that your portfolio will best demonstrate your teaching experience, accomplishments, and potential. Whether you are just beginning to teach or about to enter the job market, this workshop will enable you to compile and develop your best teaching portfolio.
Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Identify the important characteristics of a teaching portfolio
• Make decisions about portfolio contents, structure, and framing based on an understanding of its likely audience
• Strategically compile teaching materials for use in a teaching portfolio
• Streamline information for more impactful presentation in a teaching portfolio
Mon 10/30 1:00PM - 2:30PM - Event
Developing a Syllabus (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Developing a Syllabus (Pitt UCTL)
Mon 10/30 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

Putting together a syllabus for the first time can be a daunting task. In this workshop, we cover the basic components of a syllabus, as well as practical and stylistic "do's-and-don'ts" of syllabus construction. Participants will leave the workshop knowing how to construct their own syllabus so that course information is clearly presented to students, and so that students' confusion over course assignments and expectations is kept to a minimum.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Identify and produce necessary features of a syllabus
• Identify optional features of a syllabus 
• Construct a syllabus for a class
Tue 10/31 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Preventing & Monitoring Cheating and Plagiarism (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Preventing & Monitoring Cheating and Plagiarism (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 10/31 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Hillman Library

One national study conducted by the Academic Integrity Center at Duke University suggests that 3 in 4 college students cheat. And cheating is more likely when a teaching assistant gives the exam. Why? Because they thought they could get away with it. Be prepared! By the end of this workshop participants will be better able to identify and prevent cheating in general, and to manage violations of the University of Pittsburgh’s academic integrity policy.
Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Define academic integrity, cheating and plagiarism
• Discuss ways to prevent plagiarism and cheating
• Describe how to deal with cheating and plagiarism at the University of Pittsburgh
Tue 10/31 12:00PM - 1:30PM - Event
Black Minds Matter: Linking Black Lives & Black Minds (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Black Minds Matter: Linking Black Lives & Black Minds (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 10/31 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Cathedral of Learning

Black Minds Matter
Topic: Linking Black Lives and Black Minds
Facilitator: Dean Larry E. Davis, Donald M. Henderson Professor, and Director, Center on Race and Social Problems
Location: School of Social Work Conference Center |  2017 Cathedral of Learning

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to join this open course that looks at issues facing black boys and men in education. Each session features a nationally-recognized scholar, and is followed by discussion facilitated by Pitt faculty.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.

Thu 11/2 1:00PM - 2:30PM - Event
Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement (Pitt UCTL)
Thu 11/2 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

A teaching philosophy statement is a concise, compelling illustration of you as an instructor, a useful exercise in reflexive examination of your teaching, and a necessary component of many academic job applications. This workshop will give those just beginning to write a teaching philosophy statement a place to start and tools with which to move forward. Students who have developed teaching philosophy statements in the past will take a fresh look at those and implement effective revisions. 

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Create a compelling, concise statement which reflects their unique values as an instructor
• Articulate teaching objectives
• Describe personal teaching methods 
• Discuss ways of gauging teaching effectiveness 
• Reflect on the ways in which teaching is impactful for the instructor, and in which the instructor hopes to make an impact
Thu 11/2 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Event
Plagiarism Detection Services: Turnitin and SafeAssign (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Plagiarism Detection Services: Turnitin and SafeAssign (Pitt UCTL)
Thu 11/2 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Alumni Hall

The University of Pittsburgh makes two methods of plagiarism detection available to Pitt faculty: Turnitin and SafeAssign. Both of these services are integrated with Blackboard, while Turnitin also offers a stand-alone web interface as well. This workshop will cover the pros and cons of both services, how to set up assignments so your students can submit their work, how to view the reporting on student work, and how to leave feedback and comments for students to view.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to

  • Interpret Turnitin’s and SafeAssign's originality reports;
  • Use Turnitin and Blackboard to make written and verbal annotations to student work;
  • Create and manage a Turnitin Direct Assignment in Blackboard
  • Create and manage a SafeAssign Assignment in Blackboard
Fri 11/3 12:00PM - 1:30PM - Event
Black Minds Matter: Black Male Research & Practice (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Black Minds Matter: Black Male Research & Practice (Pitt UCTL)
Fri 11/3 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Alumni Hall Auditorium

Black Minds Matter
Topic: Black Male Research & Practice
Facilitator: TBD
Location: Alumni Hall | 7th floor Auditorium

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to join this open course that looks at issues facing black boys and men in education. Each session features a nationally-recognized scholar, and is followed by discussion facilitated by Pitt faculty.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.

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Certification Options

Workshops with a teaching focus are eligible for credit in the Student Fundamental of Teaching Certification and the Faculty Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Click to learn more about this certification.

Questions on Workshops?

Contact Robin Leaf with questions about workshops. 

If you have an idea for a workshop, please contact Robin Leaf.

Related links

Provost's Diversity Institute for Faculty Development | Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series | Sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development for the Health Sciences

University Center for Teaching & Learning (formally CIDDE) workshops in three categories: Teaching Support, Educational Technology Services, and TA Services.

Pitt HR Faculty and Staff Development Series

Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence 

Student Certification in Teaching Fundamentals 


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