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Professional Development Workshops

All workshops, unless noted, are open to anyone in the Pitt Public Health community.


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Thu 6/1 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Panopto Video Hosting and Streaming (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Panopto Video Hosting and Streaming (Pitt UCTL)
Thu 6/1 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

Using video to teach can promote self-paced mastery learning for your students and reduce the number of times you have to cover the same content. Panopto provides instructors with both a video hosting and streaming service and a platform to record and upload lecture capture videos from your computer. Panopto also integrates directly into Blackboard, so your videos are as private and secure as your other course content. This workshop is designed to help instructors better understand how to use the handiest tools and master the most common workflows in Panopto.

By the end of this workshop, instructors will be able to:
-Navigate to Panopto’s web interface and upload video for streaming on the web;
-Download and use the Panopto Focus Recorder to record and upload video and screen casts;
-Integrate Panopto videos into your Blackboard course;
-Understand best practices for creating video for students;
-Learn about additional support resources for Panopto.

Educational Technology Training Room, B26 Alumni Hall 

Tue 6/6 9:00AM - 9:00AM - Event
Teaching Race to College Students – 2017 Black/White Update (Provost's Diversity Institute) Professional Development Event
Teaching Race to College Students – 2017 Black/White Update (Provost's Diversity Institute)
Tue 6/6 9:00AM - 9:00AM
Alumni Hall

In June 2015, Ralph Bangs conducted a workshop for Pitt faculty and staff on how to teach race. The 2017 update will suggest additional topics and the latest best sources, especially for teaching related to black-white issues. In the workshop, we will view the documentary “13th”, examine the Black Lives Matter movement, review research on race and politics in the age of Obama, discuss the role of race in the 2016 presidential election, summarize the legacy of the first U.S. black president, and identify several new books.

Alumni Hall, Room 528
Facilitator: Ralph Bangs, University Center for International Studies

Tue 6/6 9:00AM - 4:00PM - Event
Teaching Race to College Students - 2017 Black/White Update (Provost's Diversity Institute) Professional Development Event
Teaching Race to College Students - 2017 Black/White Update (Provost's Diversity Institute)
Tue 6/6 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Alumni Hall

In June 2015, Ralph Bangs conducted a workshop for Pitt faculty and staff on how to teach race. The 2017 update will suggest additional topics and the latest best sources, especially for teaching related to black-white issues. In the workshop, we will view the documentary “13th”, examine the Black Lives Matter movement, review research on race and politics in the age of Obama, discuss the role of race in the 2016 presidential election, summarize the legacy of the first U.S. black president, and identify several new books.

Alumni Hall, Room 528
Facilitator: Ralph Bangs, University Center for International Studies

Wed 6/7 9:30AM - 12:00PM - Event
Understanding Our Students- Students on the Autism Spectrum (Provost's Diversity Institute) Professional Development Event
Understanding Our Students- Students on the Autism Spectrum (Provost's Diversity Institute)
Wed 6/7 9:30AM - 12:00PM
O'Hara Student Center

The Understanding Our Students series focuses on understanding the intersection of various identities within the student experience. Faculty will have the chance to hear what Pitt students have to say about these important topics, and to reflect on what it means for their teaching practice.

Students on the Autism Spectrum features Shaun Eacck of the School of Social Work as the facilitator, as well as a live student panel. The workshop is part of the Provost's Diversity Institute for Faculty Development.

Room 4024, O'Hara Student Center

Tue 6/13 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Event
Introduction to Blackboard (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Introduction to Blackboard (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 6/13 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Alumni Hall

New to Blackboard? This workshop provides the information and skills you need to start using Blackboard, the University of Pittsburgh’s learning management system. After an overview of Blackboard and its major components, we'll work hands-on and step-by-step to build a course. 

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

-Log in to Blackboard, create and organize course content and make your course available to students;
-Use Blackboard workflows to streamline administrative tasks;
-Integrate and use the Grade Center within Blackboard;
-Use predictable course design principals to make course content easy to find and utilize.

Room B26, Alumni Hall

Wed 7/12 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Blackboard Assessment Tools (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Blackboard Assessment Tools (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 7/12 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

Would you like to assess your students more thoroughly and quickly? Blackboard’s assessment tools include assignments, tests, quizzes, and surveys. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to use these tools to save time and measure and improve student learning.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

-Build and deploy tests and test item pools, quizzes, and surveys in Blackboard;
-Set adaptive release rules and create groups to limit student access to tests and quizzes;
-Create assignments and enable SafeAssign to review student work;
-Setup and grade assignments using the inline Grading tool;
-Grade and aggregate test, quiz, survey, and assignment results in the grade center, and analyze the quality of the questions themselves using Test Item Analysis.

Room B26, Alumni Hall

Thu 7/27 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Blackboard: Using the Grade Center (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Blackboard: Using the Grade Center (Pitt UCTL)
Thu 7/27 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

Students value the timely feedback on performance they receive through the Grade Center. Blackboard can help you record and track your students’ grades more efficiently and can automatically grade certain kinds of student work. In this workshop, we’ll review the grade center and how it accepts grades from within and outside Blackboard. We’ll cover the Grade Center’s options for customizing grades to meet your learning objectives, and you’ll learn how to control what grades your students see and when they see them. 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

-Locate the Grade Center, create columns, enter grades, export grades, and upload grades from outside Blackboard;
-Create a new rubric – or reference an existing one – to clarify learning objectives and grade assignments;
-Create calculated columns that are customized to meet your learning objectives;
-Use Smart Views, grade history and statistics to get a deeper picture of student progress and assessment quality.
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Room B26, Alumni Hall

Mon 8/7 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Event
Qualtrics Online Survey System (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Qualtrics Online Survey System (Pitt UCTL)
Mon 8/7 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Alumni Hall

All Pitt faculty and staff have free unlimited access to Qualtrics, a tool for easily creating sophisticated, anonymous online surveys. These surveys can be used to collect information from your students, get anonymous feedback or evaluation, or for human subjects research.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:
By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

-Log into Qualtrics and use the Quick Survey Builder to create a 5-10-item survey;
-Use and understand multiple item types;
-Use logic statements to deploy survey items;
-View and export survey results, create reports and collaborate with others.

Room B26, Alumni Hall

Certification Options

Workshops with a teaching focus are eligible for credit in the Student Fundamental of Teaching Certification and the Faculty Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Click to learn more about this certification.

Questions on Workshops?

Contact Robin Leaf with questions about workshops. 

If you have an idea for a workshop, please contact Robin Leaf.

Related links

Provost's Faculty Development Workshop Series | Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series | Sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development for the Health Sciences

University Center for Teaching & Learning (formally CIDDE) workshops in three categories: Teaching Support, Educational Technology Services, and TA Services.

Pitt HR Faculty and Staff Development Series

Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence 

Student Certification in Teaching Fundamentals 


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