This site is meant to be a hub for all things virtual now that most of us are “hailing from home”. It was created to help all members of Panther Nation stay connected with each other during the COVID-19 crisis because we are all reinventing how we work, how we engage and how we communicate. It will evolve over time because progress never comes from standing still. We hope you find it useful and want your feedback. If you’re ready to engage…keep reading!
Want to host a virtual event?
Most events can be hosted via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Skype. There are differences between these platforms and Pitt Information Technology compares each option.
Once you have chosen a platform for your event, pick a date and time. Submit all of the details of your event so that it is posted on the University events calendar. Find a publisher and if you don’t see a relevant publisher, you may submit your event for posting. A committee of faculty, staff and students are reviewing events and yours may be featured on the Pittwire Live home page.
The focus of Pittwire Live is on live events. However, you can also record an event for posting to your department’s social media. You MUST announce that you are recording and that the recording may be posted on YouTube. Please pause after this announcement to allow those who are not interested in being recorded to leave the session.
- Recording in Zoom »
- Recording in Microsoft Teams »
- Recording in Skype »
- Tips on avoiding “Zoom bombing” »
Disability Accommodation Statement
All event organizers must include the following statement edited for your event:
If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact (sponsoring department/organization contact name and email) by (specify a date relative to your event, at least 5 days in advance is recommended).
Should there be a request for live captioning or ASL interpreters (remote) for an event, the organizer can complete the following form: Live Captioning/ASL Request Form
Should there be a request for captioned media from a recorded event, the organizer can complete the following form: Captioning/Transcription Request Form
Should there be a request for accessible documents related to an event, the organizer can instantaneously convert files to an alternate format using Ally.
Organizers can consult with Disability Resources and Services should they have any questions.
Want to attend an event?
The best place to start is to search the University events calendar for an event that suits your interest. There are a variety of events and more go live each day, so check back often. The event description should contain a link for you to click on to virtually join when the event begins.
If you require accommodations for a disability while viewing a virtual event, please contact Disability Resources and Services.
It's best to download software in advance of each event and test your device settings for audio and video.