Office of Teaching and Learning Newsletter
Fall 2016
Schedule your Student Feedback Session!

Do you ever wish you could get feedback from your students on your course before the end of the quarter? Do you wonder what the experience of your course is like from the student perspective?
Student Feedback Session is an increasingly popular method for gathering quick but detailed feedback about what is working in your course, along with suggestions. 
Sessions are conducted during weeks 3-5 of the quarter. Schedule your session today!
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

DU Assessment
Carrie Lorenz

Adobe Creativity Software
Joseph Labrecque

Instructional Multimedia Development
Rich Path
Streaming Technologies

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

A New CourseMedia Experience 

Over the past year or so, the Office of Teaching and Learning has been hard at work developing an entirely new version of the CourseMedia system to work alongside current solutions and services like mobile devices and the Canvas learning management system.  
One of the major changes in the new CourseMedia system is the tight integration with Canvas. All course and student data is now managed through Canvas as the university LMS. 
For additional information, frequently asked questions, and links to instructions on how to post content for the students to access, our OTL Knowledge Base article What you need to know about CourseMedia.
New Self-Paced Hybrid 3D Workshop Ready to Go!

Are you planning to teach a hybrid course and wanting to learn more about how to best go about it?  The Hybrid Course Design, Development, and Delivery (Hybrid 3D) Workshop supports instructors in designing, developing, and delivering hybrid courses that maximize student learning and engagement.  This online workshop has been re-designed to be entirely "self-paced"; you decide how and when you'd like to go through it (even those who have taken it before might be interested in this refresher!)  To learn more about this workshop, please visit our website.
Announcing a new Faculty Learning Community (FLC)

The OTL continues to offer Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) as a way to discuss and reflect
on your teaching in collaboration with other faculty members across campus. FLCs for 2016-17 include: 
Announcing a new FLC focused on teaching International students!
This Faculty Learning Community will explore ideas and best practices for teaching in internationally-diverse classrooms and maximizing international student contributions to the curriculum. The FLC is offered in collaboration with the English Language Center, the Writing Center, and the Office of Teaching and Learning.
Fall Meeting times:
Once a month on Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM in the OTL Conference Room

Sign up for the first meeting on Sept 22. 
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Group continues in 2016-17!
The SoTL learning community is dedicated to helping faculty members develop and implement SoTL research projects suitable for presentation or publication. Faculty members do not need an initial research idea to join the group, and modest compensation is available for those who complete a SoTL project.

Interested in joining or just learning more about SoTL?
Attend our kick-off session to learn about SoTL and hear about some recent projects developed by DU faculty.  

SoTL Kick-Off and Information Session
Monday, Sept 19, 1:00-2:30 pm
Fall Faculty Showcase Schedule 

Please join us for the upcoming Faculty Showcase sessions designed to share best practices in teaching among the DU faculty. Nancy Sasaki will kick-off the Fall Faculty Showcase series on September 21st to talk about Peer Learning Opportunities in the Classroom. The following week, Bruce Uhrmacher and Paula Adamos will share strategies for Turning Ordinary Classrooms into the Extraordinary.
Visit the Faculty Showcase Series web page for more details and to register! 
Multimedia Development Services  

If you're looking for someone to help you create engaging, interactive multimedia content to use in your courses, OTL is here for you! We can assist faculty with the planning, design, development and production of a variety of content that will support your instructional goals and enhance student learning in your online, hybrid or face-to-face teaching. Items that we can help produce include interactive case studies, scenarios or study guides, simulations & games, "explorable explanations", videos, podcasts & audio programs, data visualizations and animations. More details and examples of content types are available at our website, or contact Rich Path for further information - or 871-3659.
Upcoming Technology Workshops  
Join us for our upcoming technology workshops!

August 29 2:00-3:30 pm in 345 AAC

August 30 9:30-11:00 am virtually

August 30 11:00 am-12:30 pm in 345 AAC or virtually

Canvas and Educational Technology Open Labs
New SpeedGrader Improvements in Canvas
Canvas has made some updates to the SpeedGrader, the section of your Canvas course where you can give in-depth feedback on your students' assignments. Learn more about these improvements by visiting our OTL Knowledge Base article on SpeedGrader.
Turnitin Updates 
The OTL is re-enabling the old TurnItIn checkbox for all Assignments starting on August 12th as well as keeping the new version available.
Instructors who have already configured their Fall courses with the new version of TurnItIn do not need to take any action, but can revert to the old version if the known issues with the new version are problematic.
Instructors who are setting up their Fall course for the first time are recommended to use the old version of TurnItIn to set up assignments. This includes instructors who are copying content from previously taught courses.
Please contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for additional information or assistance in configuring your assignments.
Free Teaching Resources Available

Over the summer, the OTL's Bridget Arend was interviewed about a faculty member's role in online discussions and strategies for evoking deeper inquiry.  This interview was highlighted by Faculty Focus,
a free email subscription service that delivers weekly articles about teaching-related issues directly to your email inbox. Sign up for your free subscription to Faculty Focus today to receive interviews and articles such as:

Another resource available to you is the 20-Minute Mentor video series. The 20-Minute Mentor videos are brief and focused videos designed to help faculty members with common teaching challenges and strategies.

You can also find a comprehensive list of Teaching Resources on the OTL website.