Upcoming Center for Research Computing Workshops

The Center for Research Computing (CRC) is offering a number of workshops in the Spring 2017 term. These hands-on workshops will cover a number of topics, as listed below. Be sure to visit the CRC Spring 2017 workshops registration page to sign up and attend! The workshops will be held in 266 Chevron Computer Lab, Ashe Annex Balcony. Wed 1/18 (1-4PM): Cluster Training. Our annual cluster training workshop. We will go over the new hardware, modules, and queuing system that is in production. I will try to present some useful concepts for computations using SLURM, including: queuing many small jobs…

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Overcoming Barriers to Online Group Work

Online group work is a popular instructional strategy for university courses because of its many benefits. Working in groups fosters student collaboration and provides opportunities for peer-learning and problem-solving. Group work enhances learners’ development of higher-order thinking skills, as they learn how to approach complex and abstract tasks with the support of their peers. These are important skills for career preparation that translate into the 21st century workplace (Xu, Du, & Fan, 2013). Learners who participate in online group work also score higher in their overall academic performance (Stahl, Cress, Law, & Ludvigsen, 2014). Common challenges to online group learning…

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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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