University of Pittsburgh
October 25, 2004

Teaching Excellence Fair Set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 27 In the J.W. Connolly Ballroom, Alumni Hall

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh will hold its annual Teaching Excellence Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the J.W. Connolly Ballroom, Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave, Oakland.

Sponsored by the Provost's Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence and coordinated by Pitt's Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE), the fair celebrates faculty initiatives and innovations related to teaching and the use of instructional technology.

Recipients of the 2003-2004 Innovation in Education grant awards will present their prize-winning teaching projects. Also featured will be small group discussions on using discussion and questioning in the classroom, facilitated by faculty in various disciplines who have been recognized for their teaching excellence. Throughout the day, informative minisessions will be held on a variety of teaching-related topics; there also will be demonstrations of new instructional support software and technical resources, including:

• Developing a teaching portfolio;

• Understanding copyright issues when using electronic materials on the Web;

• Using Pitt's Student Response System for classroom feedback and assessment; and

• Using antiplagiarism software

This year's fair also includes a discussion with Joe Grabowski, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, on the Innovation in Education grants program and its application process.

For more information and to register, visit CIDDE's Web site at, or contact Melanie Fox at 412-624-2896 or