The Change We Seek

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”  – President Barack Obama The time for change is upon us at the University of Pittsburgh and at CIDDE.  Very soon, CIDDE will formally transition into the University Center for Teaching and Learning (Teaching Center Announced).  As a part of the future Teaching Center, Classroom Services is primed for change as well. If you are a faculty member or a student, we are happy to help you improve your educational…

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Coming Soon…the University Center for Teaching and Learning

Things are changing in the world of teaching, learning and educational technology at Pitt. On June 24, Chancellor Gallagher announced the formation of Pitt’s University Center for Teaching and Learning. The new center was announced along with a set of broad initiatives associated with the University’s strategic plan. Provost Beeson’s vision for the future and her strong support will guide us as we transform the Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education (CIDDE), refocusing the center on activities that align with the Plan for Pitt.  The strategic planning working groups that have been focused on implementation of the planning efforts, as…

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Remaking Expectations

Another week, another big announcement about maker culture here in Pittsburgh. As we continue on the renaissance pathway (Ohio-related news not withstanding), reports that the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh had received a $1 million pledge from Google towards its ongoing efforts to create educational makerspaces created quite a stir. The Children’s Museum will be one of ten “hub sites” designed to work with educational institutions in their respective regions. The goal is to kickstart maker programming aimed at youth throughout these areas. While it doesn’t appear to extend to University-level education, it does indicate that incoming students will not only…

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