Teaching Online Short Course Starts Monday!

Starting to think about your courses for the winter and spring? Join us for the Teaching Online Short Course! The Teaching Online Short Course contains readings, assignments, and multimedia to help participants effectively learn how to design and facilitate courses with online elements.

The course is primarily self-paced with the opportunity to connect with other faculty participants. Participants who turn in the final assignment will receive a course review facilitated by an Instructional Designer.

Upon completion of the course review, participants will receive a stipend. The course will run from Monday, October 25 to Monday, November 15.

ePortfolio Focus Groups

The DU Portfolio replacement project is underway and we want to hear from you! In partnership with Information Technology, we will be conducting three focus groups to gather feedback as we select the next e-Portfolio software.

Wednesday, November 10, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, November 12, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Monday, November 15, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Log-in to DU Portfolio and visit the DU Portfolio Decommission page for the Zoom links to the focus groups and to learn more about the project.

ePortfolio is an important pedagogical tool for supporting integrative learning. With the replacement project, there are changes afoot and we are fortunate to have an OTL in-house expert. Congratulations to Megan Haskins, OTL's Faculty Developer of Integrative Learning and High Impact Practices, for her recent publication on digital ethics in ePortfolios, Digital Ethics in ePortfolios: Developing Principles, Strategies, and Scenarios.
Engaging Onward: Faculty Community of Practice
How do we, individually as instructors and collectively as colleagues, spring forward from these tumultuous times in ways that build abundance and justice for ourselves, our students, and communities through our courses? This year-long community of practice - organized by the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) and the Office of Teaching and Learning - will create a small cohort of cross-campus faculty, who are experienced community-engaged teachers (e.g. have taught at least one community-engaged course), to do some communal reflection, collective problem-solving, and knowledge-sharing as we navigate where our community-engaged teaching has been and where we would like it to go. Applications are due by October 22, and participating faculty members will receive a stipend. 

Learn More About the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Help With Our Search! 
Are you interested in how you can combine teaching and scholarship? Or are you someone who already does SoTL and are interested in how we can move it forward at DU? We are excited to announce that we are getting close in our search for our new Director of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning & Faculty Learning Communities, and we’d love to get your input in these final stages! As part of the interview process, each of our four finalists will be conduct a 30 minute “mini-workshop” designed to support faculty members in doing SoTL work (followed by a 30 minute Q&A), and we’d love to have you attend any or all of these (so that we can get your input … plus you’ll hopefully pick up something useful along the way!). These presentations/mini-workshops – all which will take place in Zoom – are Tues. 10/26 at 11:00, Weds. 10/27 at 11:00, Thurs. 10/28 at 9:00, and Friday 10/29 at 11:00. If you would like to attend any of these or simply want more details, please fill out this very short form. 

Interested in learning about SoTL work done at DU? Check out Building a Climate for Advocacy Training in Professional Psychology, written by Dr. Apryl A. Alexander, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and Graduate School of Professional Psychology Doctoral student Hailey Allo!
Accessibility Tip

Are you using McGraw Hill Connect for assessments? Do you have students with extended time testing accommodations? If so, it is important that you ensure that the extensions are added BEFORE your students start the assignment (please note: you cannot extend time once the student has already started to take the exam). Another important note, the time limit option in Connect is the TOTAL time (not just the extended time). Please visit the Connect Assignment Extension article from McGraw Hill to learn more! Please reach out to the [email protected] with any additional questions or need for support.

Join us to learn more about accessibility and student accommodations in your courses:

Thursday, November 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hybrid - join us online or in person at Anderson Academic Commons 345

And stay tuned for more information about an upcoming series of workshops on accessibility!
4D Student Experience Open Houses and Opportunities

The 4D Experience is DU's reboot of the traditional college experience, continuing our commitment to a customized, holistic education that empowers students to lead lives of meaning and purpose that serve the public good, enabling them to thrive at and beyond the university. There are many opportunities for faculty to get involved in this experience!

4D Faculty and Staff Learning Community 
The 4D Learning Community offers both faculty and staff educators the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of students' needs and best practices in holistic student learning and development; inclusive curricular and co-curricular design; and assessment of teaching and learning around the four dimensions (4D) of advancing intellectual growth, exploring character, promoting well-being, and pursuing careers and lives of purpose. 
Facilitated by the Faculty and Staff Co-Directors of the 4D Experience, the 4D Learning Community will progress through ten sessions focused on the educational design elements central to the 4D. These sessions will be co-led by critical curricular and co-curricular partners to highlight how we can work together to support holistic learning and development and take an integrated approach to teaching, learning, and programming. Topics will include the public good; justice, equity, diversity, and inclusivity; inclusive teaching and learning; integrative learning and high-impact practices; global learning; mentoring; and career development. 

Apply via this Qualtrics form by Wednesday, Dec. 1, 12:00 p.m.
4D Infusion Grants 
The 4D Infusion Grants support faculty, staff, and co-curricular educators in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing a specific project that enhances student learning and development around the 4D. These projects may take a variety of forms and may apply towards either curricular or co-curricular educational design over the course of an academic year. Projects will be evaluated on the basis of potential impact; integrative or collaborative design; and scalability. 

It is expected that 7 - 8 grants will be awarded for projects taking place over the 2022 winter and spring quarters. Individual applicants are eligible to receive up to $700; teams (not to exceed more than three people) may receive up to $1,500. 

Apply via this Qualtrics form by Wednesday, Dec. 1, 12:00 p.m.
4D Innovations Co-Curricular Working Group 
The 4D Innovations Working Group will serve as an incubator of creativity and connectivity in the co-curricular space. Comprising co-curricular partners from across campus, the 4D Innovations Group will meet biweekly to collaboratively reimagine, design, and integrate models and practices that further embed the 4D across the co-curriculum. As a design studio, the 4D Innovations Group will seek to foster dynamic co-curricular learning environments; integrate learning across contexts; and test and assess models for scale and impact. This work will serve not only to support and enhance co-curricular learning goals and objectives but also to ensure a more integrated experience for students given the greater integration and collaboration between co-curricular activities. 

Apply via this Qualtrics form by Friday, Nov. 5, 12:00 p.m.

4D Open Houses 

Interested in learning more about the above opportunities or connecting with us in person? We would love to see you at one of our two 4D Open Houses: 
Monday, Nov. 1, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. 
Community Commons, Room 1600 
Thursday, Nov. 4, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Community Commons, Room 1600 
Food will be served!
Teaching Resources

This tool kit provides practical steps for readying your courses, no matter the modality. From Canvas basics to hyflex considerations, and complete with worksheets to guide you, this toolkit is a great starting point for course planning.

This Knowledge Base article provides helpful tips and tricks you can use as you create pre-recorded videos, lectures, and demonstrations to enhance the asynchronous components of your course. You can also learn more about the various tools you can use to create your videos, such as Zoom and Kaltura.

This web page provides access to the robust virtual services and resources that the Libraries provide along with a host of online services and resources.