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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Health Care Compliance: A Model for Personalized Learning

The term personalized learning refers to individualized learning, or a unique learning path for each student. Imagine a microbiology course that includes 50 students pursuing very different career paths — students interested in health care careers might complete an online instructional module that is different from that of the students who are interested in teaching careers. Or imagine economics students who score below a pre-determined score on a pre-test being assigned a review module to sharpen their skills before advancing in the course. This concept of personalized learning is also referred to as individualized instruction, adaptive learning, and differentiated instruction….

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