Office of Teaching and Learning Newsletter
Fall 2016
OTL Contacts

OTL Helpdesk

Academic Technology
Ben Johnson
Terri Johnson
DU CourseMedia
Alex Martinez
Ben Johnson
DU VideoManager
Alex Martinez

DU Portfolio 
Clickers (Student-Response Systems)
Ben Johnson

Lecture Capture
Ben Johnson

Adobe Connect/Zoom

Instructional Multimedia Development
Rich Path

Mobile and Desktop Software Projects
Joseph Labrecque

UTS Help Desk

Teaching Resources

Bridget Arend
Kathy Keairns
Teaching Resources and Consultations
Bridget Arend
Virginia Pitts
Online Teaching
Kathy Keairns

Hybrid Teaching

Virginia Pitts

Quality Matters 
Kathy Keairns 

Instructional Design
Terri Johnson
Heather Tobin

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)


Program Assessment

Funding Opportunities

One-New-Thing Grants

Susan Zvacek
Introducing Christina Paguyo,
the new Director of Academic Assessment 
I am passionate about reimagining and redesigning  assessment in ways that enh ance student learning and engagement. I believe productive assessment can illuminate opportunities to bolster pedagogical practices and kindle expansive learning spaces for students to thrive. Prior to joining the University of Denver, I was a postdoctoral research fellow on a National Science Foundation project that used experimental interventions and assessment (qualitative and quantitative approaches) to cultivate inclusive engineering classrooms. I enjoy collaborating with faculty and staff on anything that contributes to student success, especially in relation to designing and implementing useful assessment practices. Please contact me if you would like to chat about assessment, evaluation, and educational research. I am happy to help and look forward to hearing from you!

The OTL is in the process of hiring a new position - the Assistant Director for Inclusive Teaching Practices.  Stay tuned for this announcement coming soon.
Information Brown-Bag on Student-Faculty Partnerships

Student-Faculty Partnerships are relationships in which students and faculty members work together to study, design, and/or improve some aspect of the learning environment.  These partnerships have been shown to increase engagement and success for
both students and faculty members, and deepen participants' understanding of themselves and each other.    
In the coming year, the OTL will be piloting a program in which faculty members and students form quarter-long partnerships to address the question of how we can create learning environments that engage all students.  Each week, student consultants will visit and observe their faculty partner's class; faculty and student partners will then meet with each other to discuss and learn from each others' perspectives regarding their experience of the class, with an emphasis on co-inquiry and open, constructive dialogue.  We are currently seeking participants for this pilot, and would love to share our plans with you and get your feedback!  
In addition, we hope to bring together faculty members who are already engaging in different forms of student-faculty partnership work so that we might learn from and with each other about how to make these student-faculty partnerships most successful. If you think you might be interested in participating in this pilot, or would simply like to learn more about the pilot program or these partnerships in general, please come to the informational brown bag on October 19th at noon (register here). 
If you are not able to attend but would still like to learn more, please contact  
One New Thing

OTL's mini-grants program, OneNewThing, is designed to help you explore ways to make your classes even better - one strategy, tool, or activity at a time.   

If you're interested in submitting a proposal for a One New Thing mini-grant, visit our One New Thing web page for guidelines and to submit the proposal form. The due date to submit a proposal for winter quarter is Wednesday, November 23.
Canvas Frequently Asked Questions  

As we reach the mid-point of the fall quarter and start to prepare for the winter quarter, visit our website for answers to frequently asked questions the OTL receives about Canvas. If you need more information or have other questions, Canvas help is available 24/7 via phone, chat, and email by clicking on the Help icon in the left Canvas navigation menu.
Upcoming Workshops

Canvas and Office365 for Teaching

Curious about how you can use online Office365 products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote with your teaching? Want to find a better way to have students author a shared document? Would you like to make edits to a document in a single place and have it show up in multiple Canvas courses? This workshop will cover those topics plus many others related to using Office365 in your course.

Tuesday, October 11, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Herold Research Room (AAC 275)

Managing Difficult Students

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.

Friday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)
Register Here

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments Speaker Series: Radical Honesty and Emotional Wellness in the Classroom

Stemming from Black Feminist Anthropology and Africana studies teachings, "radical honesty" is a pedagogical practice that encourages students and professors to utilize truth-telling, counter-narratives, and critical reflection as tools for understanding how systems of oppression influence emotional wellness. In particular, this pedagogical method is useful for working through the shame that often emerges as experiences of racism and sexism are discussed in academic spaces. Radical honesty, as a politics of truth, is a feminist transgression-demanding that scholars of color acknowledge the failings of an academic system with which they remain engaged, acknowledge their vulnerabilities, and share their strategies for self-care and self-love.

Thursday, October 20, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Loft (AAC 340)
Register Here

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

Have you written a teaching philosophy yet, or do you have one that could use some fresh thinking and renewed attention? A Statement of Teaching Philosophy is a simple document that represents a complex set of beliefs about teaching. The statement reflects how a teacher's personal ideas and values impact their interactions with students and the way they teach. In this session, participants will explore their own values and attitudes towards teaching, construct some language around how to represent their teaching beliefs, and use a rubric to evaluate the essential aspects of a teaching philosophy statement. Bring your statement of teaching philosophy if you have one.

Monday, October 24, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)
Register Here

How Research on Learning Can Inform Our Teaching

In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss some key research-based perspectives on how people learn that can be used as "tools to think with" when it comes to designing and facilitating learning experiences for our students.  An initial 30-minute presentation on these research-based perspectives will be followed by an opportunity for faculty to reflect upon and discuss the ways in which these perspectives might apply to their own work with students.

Wednesday, November 2, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)
Register Here
Leadership Academy

DU's People Development Team is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Leadership Academy program. The Leadership Academy is a professional development program for staff and faculty with an emphasis on developing the leader from within. This six-month program consists of half-day sessions of learning modules, discussions and practical applications of leadership and personal development principles with an emphasis on self-awareness. For more information or to apply for one of the 15 spots, 
click here .