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Resources for Preparing for Fall

As you prepare and teach your fall classes, the OTL and IT have tips and friendly reminders to share. Don’t forget that you can also reach out to us with questions or schedule a consultation by contacting OTL staff directly or booking 1:1 time with the OTL Instructional Designers.


General Information

  • Visit the OTL Sample Syllabus Statements web page for course policies language you can copy, adapt, and edit.
  • Learn more about the new MyDU Portal, which has replaced PioneerWeb, and log-in to find your course rosters and schedules. Join IT for a MyDU Show & Tell on September 15 at 1:00 p.m. where you can see a complete walkthrough of all the new features of the portal and provide feedback.







Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility Support for Your Students


Course Reserves

The Course Reserves team in the Library’s Access Unit helps DU students access materials assigned by instructors. 


At the request of instructors, we compile lists of course readings and make them available to students (typically via the Leganto module in Canvas). We source material from library databases, public websites, and physical material held by the library. We can also scan chapters of books or articles as PDFs  to copyright restrictions (up to 20% of a given volume). All of the PDFs that we post in a course are processed for accessibility by screen readers, with the exception of alt text on images. We are also able to update or replace instructors’ existing PDFs so that they meet accessibility standards. By using Course Reserves, the library is able to ensure that copyright permissions are obtained and fair use doctrine applied. Course Reserves can lower costs to students by reducing the texts they need to purchase—we will purchase ebook texts for classes where possible, or we can place a text on physical reserve where it is available for limited check out. 


This process can be started simply by emailing a syllabus or list of needed resources to [email protected].Visit the Course Reserves webpage for more information!

Inclusive Teaching Practice Programs


FIIT and FIIT Cohorts

The Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching (FIIT) has been revised to a five-module format. Please note that FIIT has moved from Canvas to Pioneer@Work. Please review the FIIT website for instructions on accessing any of the modules. All faculty are welcome to fill out an application to join a FIIT Cohort, which entails the completion of the curriculum while meeting weekly with a supportive community of peers for engaged discussion on inclusive teaching practices. If interested, faculty can apply their work with the FIIT Cohort towards earning a "Teaching for Inclusion and Equity" Foundational badge.

Teaching for Inclusion and Equity Micro-credential Program

The Office of Teaching and Learning is now offering the Teaching for Inclusion and Equity (TIE) Micro-credential Program, which provides faculty with research-based strategies to design and support a culture of equity and inclusion in their classroom. Participants in the TIE Program will learn how to assess and respond to bias and microaggression in the classroom, engage in communication about race and equity issues in the classroom with their peers, and design inclusive classroom practices that address differentiated support for a wide diversity of learners. Please review the TIE website for the program requirements or attend a TIE introduction session (September 9th or September 22nd). Applications are open for the Foundational and Intermediate badges until December 1st, 2022.

Any questions about these ITP programs can be directed to Dr. Becca Ciancanelli at [email protected].

Upcoming Events

We are hosting several events throughout this term. Join us to learn more about teaching strategies and academic technology, and visit the OTL Events Calendar to discover other upcoming events!


Teaching with Video (Zoom and Kaltura)

Tuesday, September 6, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


UDL Your Course Series- Accessible Course Materials

Tuesday, September 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.



Canvas Basics Webinar

Thursday, September 8, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Tips and Tricks for Part Time Faculty

Friday, September 9, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Teaching for Inclusion & Equity Badges Introduction

Friday, September 9, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Equity Workshop #2: Creating Class Guidelines for Peer Engagement

In-person session:

Monday, September 12, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)


Online session:

Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


UDL Your Course Series: Assistive Technology and the Canvas Course

Thursday, September 15, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.