College of General Studies

Teaching Online

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Teaching Online Through CGS Online

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). 

Why Teach an Online Course?

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:

  • Provides the opportunity to learn about the latest online teaching practices.
  • Connects you with a community of innovative individuals.
  • May qualify as a course overload.
  • Provides course development stipends.

As an online instructor for the College of General Studies, you will:

  • Provide students with world-class resources that can be viewed and studied 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Encourage collaborative learning and share your research with a community of learners.
  • Engage in scholarly interests in a new manner, which can facilitate fresh perspectives.
  • Participate in a course development process with a trained instructional designer/technologist.
  • Join a community of faculty in which you can engage and share ideas about online education and teaching.
  • Learn about and implement new technologies and online teaching strategies.

Training and Workshop Opportunities for CGS Online Instructors

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.