OTL Spring 2013 Newsletter

In This Issue
OTL Changes
Knowledge Base
Workshops
Student Feedback Sessions
Online/Hybrid FAQs
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Quick Links

OTL Homepage

Blackboard

DU CourseMedia

Video Manager

DU Portfolio 


Assess-It! 

 

 

Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Visit our blog

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Meet Virginia!

 

We are excited to introduce the newest OTL staff member, Virginia Pitts.

 

 

 

Virginia joins the OTL with an eclectic background in engineering, geography, teaching, and a PhD in learning sciences focused on student motivation and engagement.   

 

Virginia is an Associate Director specializing in hybrid course design in the STEM disciplines.   

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New DU Portfolio is coming! 

 

     

 

The DU Portfolio Community is a popular web application for personal and community portfolios. In order to keep this popular resource relevant, the OTL is creating a new version to embrace changes in technology and mobile devices.  

 

Look for the redesigned DU Portfolio later this year!   

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OTL Contacts


OTL Helpdesk
otl@du.edu
303-871-2084
Academic Technology
 
Blackboard
Alex Karklins
Kathy Keairns
 
DU CourseMedia
Alex Karklins
Jenn Light
 
Video Manager
Alex Martinez

DU Portfolio

Jenn Light
Carrie Lorenz
 
Clickers (Student-Response Systems)
Jenn Light

Alex Karklins  

 

Lecture Capture
Alex Karklins

Adobe Connect
Jenn Light 
Joseph Labrecque 
 
Faculty Technology Lab
Alex Karklins

Cheryl Jackson 

 

Software Development Projects
Joseph Labrecque
 
Mobile Development
Joseph Labrecque
 
ECTD (Electronic Capstone, Theses and Dissertations)
Alex Martinez
Gary Taylor

UTS Help Desk
303-871-4700

Teaching Resources

Workshops/Seminars
Bridget Arend
Kathy Keairns
 
Teaching Resources and Consultations
Bridget Arend
Julanna Gilbert
 
Online/Hybrid Teaching
Kathy Keairns
Virginia Pitts
Jenn Light
Bridget Arend
 
Funding Opportunities

Faculty Grants
Julanna Gilbert 
Cheryl Jackson
Spring brings changes to the OTL! 

 

Starting Spring quarter the Office of Teaching and Learning has a new location and a new online presence.    

 

 

New Location  

Come visit our new office space on the upper floor of Anderson Academic Commons! After almost two years in our temporary Aspen Hall location, we are now located in a new open space with an expanded faculty lab area for individual technology consultations and training. 

 

 

 

New Website 

In addition, we have a new more interactive website! You can still visit us at www.otl.du.edu, but you will see a new look. Browse our revised list of services, learning technologies, and teaching resources. With our new blog feature, we plan to provide more updated and current content about teaching and learning, including more voices from DU faculty members. 

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Need technical help?
Introducing the OTL Knowledge Base
    
 

There is a new way for instructors and students to get online help for the applications supported by the OTL. The OTL Knowledge Base offers helpful and searchable articles for the DU community all in one place.  

 

     

 

The Knowledge Base has information about:

  • Blackboard
  • DU CourseMedia
  • DU Portfolio
  • Assess-It!
  • VideoManager
  • Camtasia Relay

The Knowledge Base offers advanced search functions to help you locate the articles that are most useful and relevant to your needs. Each article will allow you to leave feedback to help us improve the quality of the tips we offer.

 

Visit the Knowledge Base at:

www.otl.du.edu/knowledgebase/ 

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Spring OTL Workshops

 

Teaching Chinese Students - Implications for the Classroom  

Thursday April 4, 1:00 - 3:00 pm  

International House Dining Hall
2200 S. Josephine St. 

 

Building upon last quarter's Teaching International Students workshop, join us to watch a NASFA webinar, the third in a series about Chinese students, which promises to provide "best practices to support faculty in integrating international students in their classrooms." Join us at the International House to watch the live webinar from 1:00 - 2:30 pm, followed by an open discussion about teaching international students.

Hosted by International Student and Scholar Services and the Office of Teaching and Learning.

 

Register at http://otl.du.edu 

   

 

Managing Difficult Students

Wednesday April 24, 10:00 - 11:30 am

OTL Classroom, Nagel Hall 102  

 

Do you know what to do if a student displays concerning behavior? Are you interested in discussing different strategies for classroom management? This workshop will explore some general classroom management strategies and advice for dealing with students of concern in the classroom through an overview of DU policies and participation in case study examples.    

 

Facilitators: Alan Kent, Executive Director of Health & Counseling Center, and Jacaranda Palmateer, Director of Counseling Services

 

Register at  
 

Thinking About Teaching an Online Course?        

Friday May 3, 10:00 - 11:30 am 

The Loft, Anderson Academic Commons

 

Are you confused about the difference between an online and hybrid course?  Join us to learn about online and hybrid courses at DU and who is doing it. Julanna Gilbert, Executive Director of the OTL will give an overview of online and hybrid learning at DU. Susanne Sherba from the Department of Computer Science, and Steven Hick from the Department of Geography will provide a tour of their online courses and share some of the challenges and rewards of teaching in the online environment.

Register at  
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Try something new!  

Mid-Course Student Feedback Sessions 

 

Do you want a quick and easy way to get feedback on your teaching methods? Do you want specific and detailed feedback about what's working and what students find challenging?

 

Try an OTL Student Feedback Session!

 

 

 

The OTL is pleased to announce this new service, piloted by math and business instructors last quarter. By scheduling a mid-course student feedback session, you are provided with anonymous, detailed and specific feedback about your teaching and your course. This is a very useful process for making constructive changes that immediately impact student learning and satisfaction.

 

Sessions should occur during weeks 3-5 of the quarter. Space is limited so find out more and sign up!  
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FAQs about Online and Hybrid Courses 

 

As DU incorporates online and hybrid courses, many questions about these formats arise. Here are a few common questions.

What's the difference between an online and a hybrid course?
An online course is a course in which all or nearly all of the organized instruction is conducted online or by distance learning methodologies. A hybrid (aka blended) course is defined as a course in which online (or other distance) instruction is combined with face to face instruction, where a substantial portion of the face to face instruction is replaced by online instruction.

What support is there for teaching online?
DU is committed to offering our students high-quality online and hybrid courses and all faculty members who are preparing to teach a fully online course should complete the OTL's Teaching Online Workshop (TOW).  This three-week workshop is offered twice a year and delivered almost entirely online. The OTL is currently putting together a workshop specifically for hybrid courses.

What is the commitment of the Teaching Online Workshop (TOW)?
Faculty members taking TOW experience online learning first-hand as students. They build the structure of their online course through weekly assignments and participate in ongoing discussions with other faculty members. Rough time commitment estimates are:
Pre-workshop: 1-2 hours 
3 Week Online Workshop: 5-10 hours per week 
Post Workshop: 3-5 hours for presentations & reviews

Are there limitations for offering online courses?
The minimum duration for online courses is 4 weeks with a maximum enrollment of 20 students. Online courses are identified as "Online/Distance" within the registration system and hybrid/blended courses are identified as "Combined/Hybrid Methodologies." You will want to make sure your course is correctly identified in the registration system so students know what to expect.

More questions?
Read more about the Teaching Online Initiative and join our May 3 workshop: Thinking about Teaching an Online course? Contact Julanna Gilbert or Virginia Pitts if you are interested in learning more about the hybrid courses. 
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