Pitt’s New BFF is Named SARA

As online education continues to evolve, so too does the legislation that governs it. Just this month, online education at Pitt received an early holiday gift when Pennsylvania officially joined the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). You may be wondering: What in the world is SARA, and why is this so important to Pitt? The best way to understand SARA’s impact is to go back in time for a moment… For almost a decade, before Pitt could enroll a student living outside of Pennsylvania into an online program, Pitt first had to receive distance education authorization from…

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Facilitating Difficult and Sensitive Conversations in the Classroom

When big events and issues unfold in our world (locally, nationally, and internationally), they naturally spill over into our classrooms. Even if we are teaching a subject that might seem less obviously connected to social issues, connections are often there. More importantly, our students are fully aware of the elephants in the room, even when we choose to pretend they aren’t there. We just went through a presidential election that was bitter, hyped, and occasionally suffocating. All the major candidates visited our city and more importantly, the language, positions, and accusations of the candidates played out through every available media…

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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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