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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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Wed 9/27 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Event
Developing a Lesson Plan (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Developing a Lesson Plan (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 9/27 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Alumni Hall

Whether it’s scribbled on the back of a napkin or filed in a formal record of course instruction, planning ahead for a class session makes for a more effective class. A detailed description of instructional activities for each class provides a roadmap for the instructor and structure for the students. It can also help you determine how well class goals have been met. 
Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Identify the major components of a lesson plan
• Develop a lesson plan based on their own course’s learning objectives
Fri 9/29 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Webinar
CPH Webinar: Everything You Need to Know About the Certified in Public Health Credential Professional Development Webinar
CPH Webinar: Everything You Need to Know About the Certified in Public Health Credential
Fri 9/29 12:00PM - 1:00PM


This one hour webinar will cover everything from determining eligibility, exam contents and study materials, exam schedule and testing locations, along with CPH recertification.

Register in advance.

Fri 9/29 1:00PM - 2:30PM - Event
Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom (Pitt UCTL)
Fri 9/29 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

Teaching isn’t always or even usually “easy,” and a wide array of challenging situations can arise in the course of a semester. You may encounter students who are disengaged, distressed, combative, or suffering from addiction. Perhaps you find that you are not connecting with your students, or that some students do not get along with one another. You may have students who frequently complain—justifiably or not—about various aspects of your teaching, such as grading. While you may not encounter all of these issues, it is best to be prepared beforehand with some strategies for addressing such challenges.
Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to…
• Evaluate possible courses of action that can be taken in the difficult situations;
• Apply the University of Pittsburgh’s policies in dealing with difficult situations;
• Identify distress in students and respond accordingly.
Tue 10/3 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Event
Qualtrics Online Survey System (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Qualtrics Online Survey System (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 10/3 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:
  • 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.
    Log into Qualtrics and use the Quick Survey Builder to create a 5-10-item surveyUse and understand multiple item types;Use logic statements to deploy survey itemsView and export survey results, create reports and collaborate with others.
Wed 10/4 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Event
Designing Mid-Semester Student Surveys to Improve Your Course (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Designing Mid-Semester Student Surveys to Improve Your Course (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 10/4 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Alumni Hall

End of semester teaching evaluations can be extremely helpful for implementing course improvements next semester, but mid-semester surveys can provide you with information upon which you can act now, so that you can make adjustments and improvements benefiting your current students. Mid-semester surveys can provide insights into student perceptions about which teaching strategies and methods are most effective, which aspects of your teaching are most helpful, and what you should keep doing…or consider doing differently. This workshop is designed to provide you with the technical information necessary to deploy an anonymous, online survey via CourseWeb, to analyze the responses you receive, to communicate those results to your students, and to formulate a strategy to make any necessary adjustments for the second half of the semester.By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to….
  • Design an anonymous, online mid-semester survey in CourseWeb.
  • Analyze survey responses to formulate a strategy for course adjustments.
  • Develop a plan for communicating survey results to students in a productive manner.
    Design an anonymous, online mid-semester survey in CourseWeb.Analyze survey responses to formulate a strategy for course adjustments.Develop a plan for communicating survey results to students in a productive manner.Design an anonymous, online mid-semester survey in CourseWeb.Analyze survey responses to formulate a strategy for course adjustments.Develop a plan for communicating survey results to students in a productive manner.
Wed 10/11 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Basic Video Editing in Windows Live Movie Maker (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Basic Video Editing in Windows Live Movie Maker (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 10/11 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

Windows Live Movie Maker is a free application available for Windows computers. It offers a variety of useful features for editing and enhancing videos, and in this workshop, we will take a look at some of these features. We will learn how to create, save and finalize a video project, and how to integrate video, audio and image files into your project. We will take a look at the editing tools available within the program and review a couple of quick tips and tricks for making your video editing experience as quick and easy as possible. Windows Live Movie Maker is not available on Macs, it is a Windows-only application.By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Cut smaller video clips from larger video files
  • Add captions, titles, or credits to a video
  • Add a music track to the background of a video
  • Enhance a video with pictures and cinematic effects
  • Publish a video either to DVD or to upload to Youtube or Panopto
Fri 10/13 2:00PM - 4:00PM - Event
Teaching Inclusively (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Teaching Inclusively (Pitt UCTL)
Fri 10/13 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Hillman Library

This workshop introduces principles of inclusivity and offers practical advice for fostering an inclusive university environment through your teaching. Through discussion and workshop exercises, learn how promoting and practicing inclusivity can improve learning outcomes and your relationship with your students. This workshop will also address effectively articulating your inclusive approach to teaching in job applications and interviews.
Mon 10/16 1:00PM - 2:30PM - Event
Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom (Pitt UCTL)
Mon 10/16 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

Teaching isn’t always or even usually “easy,” and a wide array of challenging situations can arise in the course of a semester. You may encounter students who are disengaged, distressed, combative, or suffering from addiction. Perhaps you find that you are not connecting with your students, or that some students do not get along with one another. You may have students who frequently complain—justifiably or not—about various aspects of your teaching, such as grading. While you may not encounter all of these issues, it is best to be prepared beforehand with some strategies for addressing such challenges.
Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to…
• Evaluate possible courses of action that can be taken in the difficult situations;
• Apply the University of Pittsburgh’s policies in dealing with difficult situations;
• Identify distress in students and respond accordingly.
Tue 10/17 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Writing Assignments: Design, Assessment, and Feedback (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Writing Assignments: Design, Assessment, and Feedback (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 10/17 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

There are few things as painful as reading a poorly written student essay, and few things as rewarding as reading a well-crafted response to a writing assignment. Effective design and assessment of student writing can be challenging. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify characteristics of an effective writing assignment, design grading criteria and rubrics, assess writing assignments, and provide constructive feedback.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to… 
• Identify characteristics of an effective writing assignment 
• Design grading criteria and rubrics 
• Effectively assess writing assignments 
• Provide constructive feedback
Tue 10/17 1:00PM - 2:30PM - Event
Classroom Strategies: Using Case Studies, Labs, and Simulations (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Classroom Strategies: Using Case Studies, Labs, and Simulations (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 10/17 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

Student engagement. Professional development. “Real-world” applications of class content. These are issues facing instructors across STEM, social science, and the humanities. Data shows that guided-inquiry learning can foster student motivation and enhance student understandings and competencies. The goal of guided-inquiry learning is to develop activities and assignments that help move students from “thinking” to “thinking and doing”. The primary objective of this approach is that students leave the classroom with skills, experiences, and concrete deliverables that contribute to their professional development – and career prospects.This workshop provides strategies on preparing students for life beyond the classroom through three types of process-based learning: labs, simulations, and case studies.Objectives:  By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
  • Identify strategies for designing and implementing guided-inquiry learning activities
  • Compare and contrast labs, simulations, and case studies in the context of goal-oriented skills development and problem-based learning 
  • Address the use of guided-inquiry learning in “soft skills” development (e.g., communication, negotiation, collaboration, and decision-making)
    Identify strategies for designing and implementing guided-inquiry learning activitiesCompare and contrast labs, simulations, and case studies in the context of goal-oriented skills development and problem-based learning Address the use of guided-inquiry learning in “soft skills” development (e.g., communication, negotiation, collaboration, and decision-making)
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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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