CGS Faculty Resources and Forms

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Handbooks, Policies, Forms, Links, and More

Handbooks and Guides

  • CGS Instructor’s Handbook AY 2020-2021 (PDF) is a one-stop resource document for CGS-affiliated instructors. It provides a brief overview of CGS and its programs as well as a comprehensive list of our policies, procedures, expectations, and tips related to teaching at CGS. 
  • CGS Guide for Online Instructors AY 2020-2021 (PDF) offers a detailed overview of the CGS online course proposal, development, and approval process as well as a summary of expectations for CGS online instructors based on best practices and standards in online education.

Checklists and Templates

Infographics and Webinars


Netiquette Rules in Online Classes

Facilitating Successful Online Discussions

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Faculty Webinar: Developing Online Learning Communities

Educational research has identified the use of learning communities as among the most effective high impact, high engagement learning practices. Learning communities should be a key part of any online instructor's pedagogy toolkit. Created exclusively for College of General Studies affiliated faculty, this webinar introduces participants to the key components that are necessary for fostering successful online learning communities. The webinar provides an overview of the evidence-based conditions under which online learning communities develop and thrive, and we will explore the importance of teaching presence as the driving mechanism for the successful functioning of this best practice for online instruction. View webinar recording.

Forms and More

Videos and Course Demos

CGS Academic Integrity Video Series:

CGS Canvas Faculty Online Demo Course

Other Faculty Resources

The University of Pittsburgh is dedicated to providing resources, tools, and support to current faculty. Explore faculty resources