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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

Thu 6/29 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Encouraging Student Participation (Pitt UCTL)
Alumni Hall

Few things are less comfortable than asking a question and seeing a classroom of blank faces staring back at you in silence. In this workshop, we cover concrete strategies for eliciting meaningful student participation, and facilitating that participation so that students meet course learning objectives. Participants will gain strategies to engage all of their students in the learning process.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Describe the role of participation in student learning and course design
• Employ strategies for increasing quality student participation

Location: Alumni Hall, Room B23


Thu 7/6 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Teaching International Students (Pitt UCTL)
Alumni Hall

Do you have international students who you would love to know more about and to engage more in classes? Come learn about international students and the challenges they face. You will see engaging your international students takes as few as 4 steps. You will also have an opportunity to make a specific plan to engage your international students based on the 4-step approach.

Location: Alumni Hall, Room 815

Fri 7/7 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Developing a Teaching Portfolio (Pitt UCTL)
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

Location: Alumni Hall, Room B26

Mon 7/17 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Teaching with Prezi (Pitt UCTL)
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. 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

Location: Alumni Hall, Room B23

Tue 7/18 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Teaching Effectively with and without PowerPoint (Pitt UCTL)
Alumni Hall

PowerPoint is used in a majority of classrooms on campus today, but it is not often used to enhance the quality and effectiveness of teaching. In this workshop, we will cover best practices for designing slides for use during lectures and review sessions that will help students better engage with (and better retain) course material, as well as the complexities of sharing slides and notes with students. Participants will leave the workshop knowing how to design PowerPoint presentations which contribute to more effective learning.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Use best practices to inform use of presentation tools
• Identify and avoid common PowerPoint pitfalls
• Design and present an effective PowerPoint presentation

Location: Alumni Hall, Room B23

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Other Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Wed 7/12 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Blackboard Assessment Tools (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Blackboard Assessment Tools (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 7/12 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

Would you like to assess your students more thoroughly and quickly? Blackboard’s assessment tools include assignments, tests, quizzes, and surveys. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to use these tools to save time and measure and improve student learning.

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

-Build and deploy tests and test item pools, quizzes, and surveys in Blackboard;
-Set adaptive release rules and create groups to limit student access to tests and quizzes;
-Create assignments and enable SafeAssign to review student work;
-Setup and grade assignments using the inline Grading tool;
-Grade and aggregate test, quiz, survey, and assignment results in the grade center, and analyze the quality of the questions themselves using Test Item Analysis.

Room B26, Alumni Hall

Thu 7/27 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Blackboard: Using the Grade Center (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Blackboard: Using the Grade Center (Pitt UCTL)
Thu 7/27 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

Students value the timely feedback on performance they receive through the Grade Center. Blackboard can help you record and track your students’ grades more efficiently and can automatically grade certain kinds of student work. In this workshop, we’ll review the grade center and how it accepts grades from within and outside Blackboard. We’ll cover the Grade Center’s options for customizing grades to meet your learning objectives, and you’ll learn how to control what grades your students see and when they see them. 

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

-Locate the Grade Center, create columns, enter grades, export grades, and upload grades from outside Blackboard;
-Create a new rubric – or reference an existing one – to clarify learning objectives and grade assignments;
-Create calculated columns that are customized to meet your learning objectives;
-Use Smart Views, grade history and statistics to get a deeper picture of student progress and assessment quality.
By the end of this course, you will be able toBy the end of this course, you will be able to

Room B26, Alumni Hall

Mon 8/7 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Event
Qualtrics Online Survey System (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Qualtrics Online Survey System (Pitt UCTL)
Mon 8/7 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Alumni Hall

All Pitt faculty and staff have free unlimited access to Qualtrics, a tool for easily creating sophisticated, anonymous online surveys. These surveys can be used to collect information from your students, get anonymous feedback or evaluation, or for human subjects research.

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

-Log into Qualtrics and use the Quick Survey Builder to create a 5-10-item survey;
-Use and understand multiple item types;
-Use logic statements to deploy survey items;
-View and export survey results, create reports and collaborate with others.

Room B26, Alumni Hall

Tue 8/22 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Webinar
Course Help for Faculty: Putting Your Materials in Blackboard- FACULTY ONLY (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Webinar
Course Help for Faculty: Putting Your Materials in Blackboard- FACULTY ONLY (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 8/22 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Alumni Hall

The vast majority of faculty at Pitt use Blackboard. Students appreciate having a single place to go for course content; however, Blackboard is so feature rich, with so many places to post items, it can be confusing to know where certain course materials should be placed. When items are placed in the wrong (or hidden and rarely used spaces), students get frustrated. This short workshop will help you get things in the right place—whether you are creating a new course from scratch or are using an inherited or cloned course--in a way that supports best practices in student learning through Blackboard.It will also help you organize your class materials – and who doesn’t need a little extra organizational help at the beginning of the semester? Additional help is available after the workshop in the Educational Technology Center (basement of Alumni Hall). This workshop is for all full- and part-time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh only. Lunch will be provided.

Location: Alumni Hall, Room B23

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 Faculty Development Workshop Series | 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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