Tomorrow’s Learning Spaces at Pitt

As colleges and universities assess the changing landscape of higher education, careful consideration is given to both physical and virtual learning spaces. What will learning spaces look like at the University of Pittsburgh in the future? Online undergraduate and graduate degrees are growing in popularity at many institutions. While Pitt’s online graduate programs are seeing growth in enrollments, Pitt has made a strong commitment to face-to-face undergraduate instruction. As a result, Pitt’s more than two hundred physical learning environments must serve and support teaching strategies now and in the future. Through funding provided by the Office of the Provost, the…

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So You Want to Provide Captions for Your Videos…

Good for you! Providing captions for your videos can provide vital access to your content for the hearing-impaired, those with learning disabilities, English language learners, and students with learning styles that favor reading over listening. Furthermore, as an institution receiving federal funding, the University is subject to laws that require that those with disabilities be given equal access to all educational materials. You may have noticed that Panopto, Pitt’s video hosting and streaming service, has the ability to present captions, but wondered how you can create them for yourself. To start with, if at all possible it’s best to create…

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Goodbye, Old Friend, or: What Do I Do With This Mountain of VHS Tapes?

Let me ask you a question: When was the last time you played a VHS tape at your house? I’ll wait. Take your time. OK? If your answer was “sometime during the George W. Bush administration,” you’re probably about in line with the average consumer. DVDs have outsold VHS tapes since 1999, and DVD player sales began outpacing those of VHS players shortly thereafter. Most manufacturers left the VCR-making business in the mid-2000s. The last movie released on VHS was in 2006. DVDs and Blu-Rays made the format invisible in the home video market, just as it seems that streaming…

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