The online and hybrid courses offered through the College of General Studies are grounded in best practices in interactive teaching and student-centered learning. Online faculty members are a key to this program's success. Working with College of General Studies staff, faculty members have the opportunity to maximize the benefits of technology within the context of a traditional university setting, and the flexibility to create customized courses with support from the College of General Studies and the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE).
College of General Studies online courses support the University of Pittsburgh's mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs, while offering individual faculty members a variety of personal and professional benefits:
As an online instructor for the College of General Studies, you will:
CGS Online faculty are encouraged to take advantage of the professional development opportunities available to them through the College of General Studies and the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE). Some examples of such opportunities include individual consultations with a CIDDE instructional designer, Blackboard workshops and trainings, and CGS faculty orientation sessions and roundtables. Instructors new to CGS Online should plan to meet with the CGS Director of Academic Programs and a CIDDE educational and technology consultant to discuss the type and level of training and support they will need prior and during teaching/developing their CGS online course. View our upcoming workshops here.