The University Center for Teaching and Learning

The University Center for Teaching and Learning (the Teaching Center) works to advance educational excellence through innovative, discipline-based approaches to teaching and learning and appropriate uses of technology to enrich the learning environment. In support of the Plan for Pitt, we engage directly with faculty through new initiatives and close collaboration on pedagogy and educational technology projects. We strive to advance innovation and excellence in teaching, learning, assessment and other scholarly activities.

The Teaching Center works with all schools, departments and regional campuses. The Center offers a variety of workshops and seminars focused on pedagogy, educational technologies, and assessments. It also facilitates the annual Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development and New Faculty Orientation.

Center staff are available to assist faculty with course development and revision, syllabi design, assessments, teaching strategies and learning activities, instructional materials, and the use of technology to enhance learning. The Center also provides individual teaching consultations and classroom observations with formative feedback to improve teaching and learning. These services are confidential and available to all University faculty.

The Teaching Center also supports school- and department-based services for teaching assistants through the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative, workshops, teaching credentials, and New Teaching Assistant Orientation. The Teaching Center has worked with units across the University to develop a TA handbook entitled The Teaching Assistant Experience. (Visit the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative’s web page and select "TA Handbook.")

Classroom Services, located in B10 Alumni Hall, (call 412-648-7240 or e-mail ClassroomServices@pitt.edu), provides audiovisual/multimedia equipment and operators, and schedules and distributes the University's film and video collection. The Teaching Center supports the use of technology for on-campus instruction and distance learning facilities by providing faculty support and video network operations, as well as training and consultation in the use of distance education technologies. Classroom Services also provides training and support for the University's media equipped classrooms and coordinates all satellite downlink teleconferencing activities on the Pittsburgh Campus.

The Learning Management System (LMS) Support and Consulting team, located in B23 Alumni Hall (lms@teaching.pitt.edu), specializes in educational software, most notably the University’s new LMS, Canvas. Canvas is an ever-growing LMS in higher education, designed to empower teachers and engage students to make education more efficient, effective, and productive. Visit the Teaching Center’s website for more information on Pitt’s transition to Canvas. The Teaching Center’s LMS Support and Consulting team also supports faculty in their use of other educational software, including Top Hat, Turnitin, Panopto, Qualtrics, and many others.

For additional information about the Teaching Center, call 412-624-3335 or visit its website for more information.