Blackboard Day at Pitt:
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New TA Orientation

The Fall 2014 NTAO will take place on August 22nd. Attendance at this
event is mandatory for new TAs in the School of Arts and Sciences unless
departments are providing equivalent alternatives. Registration as well
as additional information can be found here!

Improving student learning – this works!

What simple techniques can faculty use to improve the learning outcomes
of their students? What study techniques are many students using that
are completely ineffective?

Creating Videos & Slideshows for the Classroom

New To Pittsburgh? May We Suggest...

Did you recently join Pitt as a new student, faculty, or staff
member? Are you excited about exploring the remarkable city
of Pittsburgh but not quite sure where to get started?

What do the best college teachers do?

Read this fascinating interview with the author of What the Best
College Teachers Do
, Dr. Ken Bain. Dr. Bain is an internationally
recognized teacher – and we can all learn from his insights.

Blackboard Day at Pitt:
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Tweaking Your Class To Prepare for a New Semester

Tips for Tweaking Your Class as You Prepare for a New Semester This is a good time to think about how to take a fresh approach to teaching in the fall. Sometimes just a few “tweaks” can make a course more learner-centered. Here are several ideas that consistently work in…

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Desktop Faculty Development

Desktop faculty development is a term coined by Rick Reis at Stanford, and like many faculty I find that most of my professional development often occurs that way. When I have questions about a topic, I immediately begin a web search looking for common terms. Next I hit the libraries,…

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Getting the Word Out

“Getting the word out” to students has become more challenging as social media trends change rapidly and new platforms emerge. Whether a faculty member wants to notify students of a class cancellation, the athletics department announces free t-shirts at the next home game, or we are asking them to complete…

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Improving Instruction with Video

The challenge of making instructional videos is to create an experience that will enhance the learning outcomes of your students. While uploading a lecture to the web is a typical practice at most universities, well-produced videos can provide better student engagement, improved retention, and stronger learning outcomes. Video can show…

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