Teaching Tip of the Week Archives

Tips for Using Zoom for Essay, Thesis, Dissertation Meetings and Defenses

Read about some early best practices for holding a remote defense or student essay, thesis, or dissertation committee meeting.  

Instructional Technology Assistance 24/7 & Where to Find It

From the University and the Center for Teaching and Learning: 1) See our new guidelines for communicating with students as classes resume. 2) Visit teaching.pitt.edu for immediate access to resources on instructional continuity in the remote environment. 3) Read the message from Provost Cudd , which contains important information about available resources, as well as information about policies and facilities, and the Provost’s mes... 

Faculty: Do you have a question about teaching online?

The University Center for Teaching and Learning has a full knowledge base of answers to your questions. Simply select a platform or area or use the search box to find the information that you are in need of. There is also a student knowledge base that you can share with you students.   

7 Tips for Delivering Interactive Virtual Sessions in BlackBoard

Click the headline to find 7 helpful tips for when you take your first class online.  

Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Community Members

Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) on Friday, April 3, in 548 of the William Pitt Union for the workshop, “Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Community Members.” Presented by Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation, this educational opportunity for faculty and staff provides expert training in serving LGBTQ+ communities. There will be an Introductory Workshop from 11am-12pm, followed by a Skills-Based Workshop and Q&A from 12-1pm. Snacks ... 

How to get your students to ask better questions

Getting students to ask questions can be like pulling teeth! Many students are unwilling or unable to ask their own questions, afraid of embarrassing themselves in front of their peers and their instructors. Find out some best practices to spark your students’ curiosity so they start asking critical questions.  

Connect with other faculty at the next Teaching Partners meeting

The next Teaching Partners meeting is March 23 from 12-1 pm. If you are interested in learning about new developments within the Teaching Center or discussing important topics in higher education, be sure to mark your calendars! Teaching Partners is a faculty community that engages faculty who use the Teaching Center's resources to support and enhance their teaching practice. Lunch will be provided. To register, visit website  (seating is limit... 

Get into the groove with your research writing

Join the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Researchers’ Writing Group every Friday afternoon from 2-5 pm in Alumni Hall. This program aims to provide support and external accountability to faculty working on research. The time will be dedicated solely to research endeavors. For more information, contact Tahirah Walker at tjw88@pitt.edu or 624-6592.  

Using a Social Annotation Platform for Pre-Class Reading Assignments

With the use of social annotation platforms to read digital textbook content, students can interactively annotate and discuss the material before each class. Thus, tools and techniques to help us use these social annotation platforms, like Perusall, have never been more important to learn about and share.  

Emergency Takeover: 4 Tips for Taking Over a Course Midway

Unexpected circumstances can strike at any time! Faculty may need to step away from their teaching duties before the end of a semester, leaving other faculty to finish their course with little to no preparation. In these situations, we need to be prepared with an action plan for the possibility of an emergency takeover. Keep reading to learn some tips on how to approach taking over a course midway.  

Alternate media made easy with SensusAccess

SensusAccess is a file converter tool that makes inaccessible documents (such as Word and PDF files) into more accessible media (such as searchable PDFs, audio MP3 files, Braille, or e-text) and is now available to all Pitt faculty, staff, students, and alumni with an active University email address. Click on the headline to check out SensusAccess’s e-learning course.  

The Semester is Over: Now What?

The conclusion of your course marks the beginning of a new phase: the end of semester is the perfect time to take stock of your course and reflect on your teaching.   

You had one job: an argument for conversations offline

In an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Sherry Turkle argues that, in an age of multitasking, less is actually best.  

Two online quiz apps for formative assessments

Mix up your routine by adding some EdTech tools to your lessons. While downloading, learning and implementing a new app is time consuming, these two may help to identify knowledge gaps and reduce grading time.  

Implementing feedback from mid-term evaluations

Administering mid-term evaluations for your course is the first step to incorporating student feedback into your curricular design. Find out how to take the next steps.    

Cut down grading time with Gradescope - now free!

A new grading software called Gradescope is now available for all Pitt faculty and students at no cost. This grading software makes administering paper-based assessments and more meaningful feedback easier for instructors. In addition to improving many traditional assessments, Gradescope also has advanced features for online student submissions and auto-grading features for computer programming assignments. Gradescope also offers LMS integration... 

What are Microaggressions? How can they harm individual members of the University community?

As student populations grow more diverse, it’s becoming increasingly important for instructors to ensure a safe space for all students. Find out how to recognize microaggressions and learn strategies for addressing the subtle messages sent that can create a feeling of marginalization among community members. By knowing what microaggressions are, the impact they have on students and learning, and how to respond to them, faculty will become more e... 

What are Microaggressions? How can they harm individual members of the University community?

As student populations grow more diverse, it’s becoming increasingly important for instructors to ensure a safe space for all students. Find out how to recognize microaggressions and learn strategies for addressing the subtle messages sent that can create a feeling of marginalization among community members. By knowing what microaggressions are, the impact they have on students and learning, and how to respond to them, faculty will become more e... 

Help make education the great equalizer by teaching inclusively

Teaching inclusively is more than just the latest trend in higher ed, it is a guiding factor for serving all students in a classroom. Making an effort to engage all the learners in your classroom does not require a total course redesign but rather a few thoughtful additions, such as: incorporating structured discussions and assignments, rethinking the percentage of certain exams or papers, or simply reminding students, “You belong here.” Read mo... 

Make sure your course is available to students

Making your CourseWeb course available to students is not as intuitive as it may seem. Here's a quick refresher to make your course available to students in five steps.    

Even more updates to classroom technology at Pitt Public Health

A number of important upgrades have been made to in-classroom technology here in the building, including new projectors, sound systems, wireless mikes, and more.   

How to Turn a Check for Plagiarism Into a Teachable Moment

From copying an entire essay that was submitted years before by another student, to forgetting to write down references, the majority of instructors will encounter at least one case of plagiarism in their teaching career. However difficult these confrontations may be, avoiding them means losing potential teachable moments. Learning how to address plagiarism without it being a punitive moment can make your job easier and your relationship with yo... 

Small steps to improve digital accessibility

A wide variety of disabilities affect people’s capacity to take in words and photos and can range from major to minor and from temporary to permanent. It may feel overwhelming to produce digitally accessible content for everyone, but there are plenty of small steps you can take. Make your web content more accessible by following these quick and simple steps.  

Produce your own teaching and learning resources with the Media Creation Lab

Enhance your courses by creating your own impactful multimedia asset at the Media Creation Lab located in Alumni Hall. The Teaching Center’s new Media Creation Lab is a broadcast-grade digital media studio designed for the development of a wide range of multimedia content to assist instructors in producing their own innovative and effective teaching and learning resources.  

Classroom technology updates and reminder

A number of upgrades to classroom technology have been made at Pitt Public Health, including new wireless microphones and projectors. Please remember to turn off any tech that you are not using and/or shut everything down at the end of your lesson!  

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