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July 01, 2020

We are Generation Z! Digital natives and self-learners. We grew up in the age of technological innovation. We use technology for communication, entertainment, research, education, and work—basically anything you can think of. Technology and social media make up every part of our daily lives.

June 25, 2020

The end of the spring term was hectic for Pitt IT, as they worked around the clock to support the University’s sudden shift to remote operations.

June 18, 2020

Research requires more than collecting, analyzing, and presenting data. It’s easy to get bogged down in the details of managing a lab, especially when your staff is small and you’re mentoring undergraduate researchers.

June 10, 2020

When I came to work for Pitt IT, I didn’t really know what to expect. Growing up in the information age, I’m no stranger to technology. You might relate to me—you’ve got multiple social media accounts. You order things online when you need them. You’re shocked when your landlord doesn’t let you pay your rent virtually.

May 27, 2020

Finding a job or internship during a pandemic is tough. Whether it’s finding the right position, preparing your materials, or acing a virtual interview, navigating a non-traditional hiring process can feel overwhelming.

May 20, 2020

Organization is key when it comes to working on a team—especially when collaborating remotely. Managing your team’s progress can be a complicated web of back-and-forth emails and constant check-ins. But with Microsoft Planner, keeping track of all the moving pieces is simple.

May 13, 2020

These days, social distancing has made it difficult to feel connected with the campus community. Of course, you can chat with Pitt friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter, but those public platforms are rife with annoying trolls, random posts and ads, and endless distractions.

May 06, 2020

The Dietrich School Academic Advising Center provides one-on-one academic advising to help students pursue their educational and career goals, navigate University policies and procedures, and connect with helpful Pitt resources.

April 30, 2020

The spring semester has ended. It was wild, but we stuck together, stayed agile, and leveraged new technologies to transition to remote operations. Time to take a deep breath. For many faculty and staff, the summer semester may be a little less busy. Combined with the scheduling flexibility of working from home, the next couple months are an ideal time to think about your long-term goals.

April 28, 2020

Remote virtual learning has become the new normal for instructors, administrators, and students during the pandemic response. While the transition may not be easy, we want to provide resources to ensure users are creating secure and effective virtual classrooms. Zoom collected the top 10 most frequently asked questions about using the platform for virtual education and online learning:

April 23, 2020

As you’ve no doubt heard, all courses transition to the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) starting with the summer term.

April 23, 2020

Get ready to take your learning to the next level! The next Pitt classes you take will have a new online component: the University’s transition of its Learning Management System (LMS) to Canvas takes place starting with this summer’s classes.

April 15, 2020

I don’t know how else to describe the end of this year other than—really, really weird. Especially if you are a senior, like me, and COVID-19 meteor-crashed the last semester of your undergraduate career. But even though it doesn’t feel like we thought it would, take joy in this thought—we are still graduating!

April 08, 2020

Organizing your workday can be a challenge in any job, especially in a work-from-home world. But if your position involves frequently meeting (virtually or in person) with students, faculty and staff, research participants, or other individuals (“clients”), managing your calendar can be even more complicated.

April 03, 2020

New to Zoom? You aren’t the only one. With the sudden pivot to online learning and remote work, Pitt faculty, staff, and students are increasingly using Zoom for virtual classes and video meetings.