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GradEXPO: Teaching Philosophies in Action

On April 5, 2012, six graduate student teaching assistants and teaching fellows, together with Arts & Sciences Acting Associate Dean Stephen Carr, convened at GradEXPO to discuss “Teaching  Philosophies in Action.”  Dr. Carr stressed the importance of teaching philosophies, not only as useful reflective statements on one’s own teaching, but . . . Read more

Groups Can Engage Students at Different Levels

Like many instructors and teaching assistants, I deal with students who have diverse levels of prior knowledge―both within a particular discipline (e.g. freshman versus senior science majors) and across disciplines (e.g. science majors versus humanities majors). The situation is problematic and makes it challenging to design effective assignments and conduct . . . Read more

Student Feedback

By Robyn Cutright EDITOR’S NOTE:  Throughout this term, TA Services will feature articles on topics relevant to teaching assistants. Faculty members may also find these articles useful. For this month’s installment, we are reissuing an earlier article by Robin Cutright on the importance of classroom assessment techniques. There is no . . . Read more

TAs and TFs: The First Line of Response

By Melissa Swauger, TA Serveices, CIDDE Did you ever have a student disappear from class mid-semester only to return on final exam day? Or one who revealed a personal life in disarray when trying to explain his/her chronic absenteeism? How about a student who did poorly on an exam but . . . Read more

Computation & Molecular Visualization in Chemistry

I have been interested in molecular visualization and the potential it holds for students since I first started teaching college students,” comments Lisa Bell-Loncella, Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Bell-Loncella is collaborating with David Waldeck, Chemistry, Oakland campus, to extend the capability for molecular visualization to chemistry students at . . . Read more

Physics Experiments with Applications in Life Sciences

Every year about 300 students take the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Introduction to Laboratory Physics course for non-majors. Approximately 55 percent of enrolled students come from life science disciplines such as biology, neuroscience, pre-medicine, and pre-dentistry: understanding physics is important to these areas of study, and this course is . . . Read more

Active Learning with Writing, Experimenting, and Simulation

With their grant, Marlin Mickle, Electrical Engineering, and Michael Spring, Information Sciences, will create Active Learning with Writing, Experimenting, and Simulation (ALWES), a project to develop learning materials on wireless networks and radio frequency identification systems. The rapidly developing technology of wireless communication makes it virtually impossible for textbook publishers . . . Read more

Educational Pathology Modules Utilizing Virtual Slide Technology

Drazen M. Jukic will apply his 2004 ACIE grant to revolutionize microscopic pathology instruction and, at the same time, advance the medical diagnostic competencies of physicians in training at the University of Pittsburgh’s Medical School. Jukic notes that diagnostic competencies in reviewing and evaluating microscopic tissue slides are essential to . . . Read more

Reducing Health Care Disparities: Web-based Video Tutorials

School of Nursing faculty, Rose E. Constantino, Lisa Bernardo, Mary Beth Happ and Yookyung Kim will use their ACIE grant to develop Reducing Health Care Disparities by Teaching Culturally Competent Nursing Care through Web-based Video Tutorials. The project will consist of video vignettes of nurses encountering and addressing sensitive diversity . . . Read more

Smorgasbord allows students to achieve in diverse ways

Striving to be an ever more effective teacher, Joseph Grabowski, Chemistry, is determined to assist his students to achieve more than they think they can. Continually experimenting with new strategies and techniques, Grabowski also views himself as a student who uses the University not only to learn more about teaching . . . Read more

Students Participate in Large Chemistry Classes

A common perception among faculty is that classes with enrollments of more than 100 are not conducive to student participation, let alone lively discussion. George Bandik, however, has been engaging students in his large chemistry classes for 30 years and still looks forward to opportunities in each class to draw . . . Read more

An Overview of Service-learning

Editor’s Note: Much of the following discussion is excerpted from a “Service-Learning” Web site created by recent graduate Sarah Johnson and her mentor, Maureen Porter, assistant professor in the School of Education’s Administrative and Policy Studies Department (ADMPS). Additional information can be obtained from this site: http://www.pitt.edu/~lincs. Service-learning has no simple . . . Read more

A Common Syllabus – A Common Dilemma

David SchmidtTA Development ServicesA common syllabus should act as a road map and guide for both teacher and student. It keeps everyone on track so that they all arrive at a stated destination at a stated time. It should, however, allow time for interesting side trips and necessary pit stops. . . . Read more