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Faculty Resources

TOP Workshop

The Teaching Online @ Pitt course is a three-week, facilitator-led online workshop on best practices for teaching online. It is open to all Pitt faculty interested in learning more about teaching online.

The next session begins Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. While this class is now full, please consider registering for the waiting list. We will let you know if a seat opens up for the upcoming session; but if not, you have first priority on enrolling in the section that runs in spring 2015.

The workshop will be facilitated by Barbara Frey, Senior Instructional Designer, with the assistance of other CIDDE staff. This workshop is completely online. There are no required meeting times but you can expect to spend two to three hours per week participating in the class.

The purpose of this course is to provide faculty participants with an overview of the online course development process. In addition, we will examine technologies to present your course content and engage students in learning activities. Course objectives include

  1. To analyze an online learning experience from the student’s perspective;
  2. To apply a systematic backwards course development process that includes planning outcomes, establishing activities, and assessing student achievement;
  3. To compare and contrast technology tools and Blackboard features that enhance student learning as well as engage and motivate students.

We hope that you’ll join the waiting list! Please complete the online registration form to sign up.

Quality Matters Workshop

The University of Pittsburgh is a subscriber to Quality Matters (QM), a non-profit organization that promotes quality and effectiveness in online learning. Pitt Online hosts annual Quality Matters workshops that focus on eight categories of effectiveness. Visit our Quality Matters page for more information.

Online Teaching

Need some input on effective practices for teaching online? Check out our collection of Pitt Online Best Practices on these topics:

8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online

Watch this video for a list of insights from fellow online instructors! These 8 lessons might help you improve your online delivery in a snap! Approx. viewing time: 5 mins.

Course Development Resources

Pitt Online Style Guide

Pitt Online is proud to announce the publication of The Pitt Online Style Guide!

The style guide provides a visual overview of the unique brand and style of Pitt Online. It builds upon the traditional identity of the University of Pittsburgh and combines expertise from instructional design and technology. The style guide serves as a resource for faculty and staff, and contains guidelines and recommendations that assist during online course development.

Pitt Online Faculty Forum

The Pitt Online Faculty Forum offers a venue for faculty and staff to convene and exchange information, discuss challenges, and share best practices. Launched in November 2010, we host the Forum bi-annually and always look for hot topics to discuss, as well as new ideas for developing our online courses.

Our Spring Forum is Friday, April 4th. Pitt Online Instructional Technology will discuss how to make effective PowerPoints that engage students into content. Previous Forum topics included the "Embedded Librarian" Initiative at Pitt, as well as the the Quality Matters (QM) Program for Online Learning (to which the University of Pittsburgh is a subscriber).