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Expanding PIVOT with Proactive Course Design Peer Reviews

Six faculty seek Quality Matters certification in UMBC pilot

By most accounts, UMBC’s PIVOT initiative has been considered a success in that 70 percent of all faculty participated, and 85% percent of students in PIVOT courses felt they were well organized...

Posted: November 9, 2021, 9:23 AM

PIVOT Selected to Receive OLC Effective Practice Award

70% of faculty engaged in largest online learning initiative

The Online Learning Consortium announced that UMBC's Instructional Technology team has earned an Effective Practice Award for its Planning Instructional Variety for Online Teaching (PIVOT)...

Posted: August 24, 2021, 4:22 PM

PIVOT Courses Associated with Improved SEEQs and Tool Use

Faculty training to support empirically driven course design potentially represents one of the most scalable options available for improving student outcomes at an institution. One strategy to...

Posted: August 19, 2021, 3:58 PM

Faculty Survey Suggests Shift in Pre/Post-Pandemic Teaching

31% increase in those open to non-traditional approach, FA21

"I teach mostly grad students. I did not expect to find any positives about remote teaching - in 35 years of teaching I had NEVER done it and did not plan on doing it before retirement [...] It is...

Posted: February 24, 2021, 11:05 AM

PIVOT and the Student Evaluation of FA20 Courses

Training Associated with Higher SEEQs & Course Interactions

There is a statistically significant, positive relationship between a faculty member completing the Planning Instructional Variety in Online Teaching (PIVOT) training and elevated course-level...

Posted: February 2, 2021, 2:02 PM

Save the Date: PIVOT Special Topics Jan 11-14, 2021

Mark your calendars! The PIVOT Special Topics pathway is designed to supplement existing PIVOT resources and enhance the instructor’s online teaching toolkit.  Dates: January 11-14, 2021 Time:...

Posted: December 2, 2020, 11:23 AM

Students praise organized course designs from PIVOT+ faculty

Some raise concerns over “course and a half” syndrome

In a survey of more than 500 courses taught by faculty who completed the PIVOT+ professional development program this past summer, students said they enjoyed taking classes that were well...

Posted: November 18, 2020, 2:34 PM

Promoting Integrity in "Open Note" Online Exams

How UMBC's Largest Courses Do So w/out Surveillance Software

Update: Bass, Carpenter and Fritz have recently presented this effective practice at the following conferences: 10/27/21 Educause Poster | presentation file (UMBC login req'd) 10/12/21 UMBC...

Posted: October 29, 2020, 9:21 AM

New PIVOT Site Launched for Faculty Professional Development

Access PIVOT Live Webinar Recordings, PIVOT Solo and More!

Instructional Technology has launched a new site devoted to the Planning Instructional Variety for Online Teaching (PIVOT) programs: pivot.umbc.edu. Now available to the campus community...

Posted: August 17, 2020, 9:30 PM