Preparing for Week 4 and Upcoming Mid-Terms

It's hard to believe that we are getting ready for week 4 and fall quarter mid-terms. Now is a good time to start thinking about gathering feedback from your students so that you can assess how the class is going, discover any points of confusion, and evaluate aspects of the course that you might be able to adjust to benefit your students. Visit OTL's web page Gathering Student Feedback on Teaching and blog Designing a Mid-Quarter Student Survey for tips on getting this feedback and following up on it.
Accessibility Tip for Mid-terms

Extending Time for Quizzes in Canvas
Canvas allows the option to provide extended time on exams without having to recreate the test for one individual. This option is also available for assignments. Visit the Canvas Guide for instructions to extend time for accommodated exams.

SpeedGrader Annotations Accessibility
Did you know that the annotations and comments that you make in the Canvas SpeedGrader can be accessed by a screen reader? This includes information about the annotation type, author name, comment, and any reply comments at the end of the document.

Our OTL Instructional Designers are here to consult with you on your mid-terms, so book an appointment with us! Then join us next week for a Canvas Coaching session to learn more about how you can use SpeedGrader within Canvas:

Monday, October 4, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)
OTL Closed for Inauguration

The OTL is excited to celebrate Chancellor Jeremy Haefner's Inauguration on Friday, October 8! Our office will be closed from 9:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on that day in order to participate in the Inauguration events.
DU Portfolio Being Decommissioned

In partnership with the University community, Information Technology and the Office of Teaching and Learning are beginning the process to replace the DU Portfolio portal with existing and new solutions. The process of process of assessing and adopting new platforms will take time, and we do not intend to fully decommission DU Portfolio until approximately summer 2023.

If you are interesting in providing your feedback, please complete the DU Portfolio user survey. This survey will ask about how you use DU Portfolio and will also provide an opportunity to be contacted for focus groups.
Re-Engaging Internationalization: Grant Opportunities for Faculty

All DU faculty are invited to reconnect with colleagues, learn more about DU's global engagement initiatives, and see how Internationalization Grants can support faculty with international/intercultural curricular and research activities. Hosted by the Office of Internationalization with updates from the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education, the Vice Provost for Internationalization, and past faculty recipients.

Friday, October 22, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Community Commons 1700 or Zoom
Join Canvas Experts for InstructureCon - Thursday, October 7

InstructureCon is a free virtual professional learning conference hosted by Canvas for every level of educational technology user. The full-day conference includes keynote speakers, educator-led breakout sessions, roundtable discussions and interactive networking experiences. Here is a sampling of some of the sessions available at this year's InstructureCon:

  • Flexible Exam Proctoring for the Entire Campus - hosted by Respondus
  • Looks DO Matter: Taking your Canvas Course Design to the Next Level - hosted by Cidi Labs
  • Keynote by

Register for InstructureCon to join these great sessions on Thursday, October 7.

If you would like to join the OTL during the event for in-person networking, email [email protected]. We have limited capacity for in-person opportunities and would like to accommodate our ed-tech friends throughout the day. In-person opportunities might include: projecting the keynote speakers in our conference room, DU networking hour, or collaboration during hot topic breakout sessions. For more information, reach out to the OTL
Upcoming Events

Faculty Q&A Session

The COVID Response Team is hosting a Faculty Q&A session next week. You can join the session using the link below.

Wednesday, October 6, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Canvas Coaching

Monday, October 4, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

Thursday, October 14, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

Monday, October 18, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

Heart of Higher Education

Wednesday, October 20, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 18, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

University College Hosted Events

University College is hosting several workshops throughout the term as part of their Teaching Excellence Program. These are open to all faculty who would like to attend and feature presenters from across campus, including Megan Haskins and Alex Martinez from the OTL!

Thursday, October 7, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Dr. Karen Kaminski, University College Adjunct Faculty

Friday, October 8, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Alex Martinez, Office of Teaching and Learning, and Nicolas Pares, University College Teaching and Learning Specialist

Tuesday, October 12, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Megan Haskins, Office of Teaching and Learning

Thursday, October 14, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Alex Martinez, Office of Teaching and Learning

Respondus is also hosting several training webinars throughout the month.

Visit our OTL events calendar to discover other events coming up!
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.