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Faculty Input on Student Accommodation Support at DU

Ellen Hogan, OTL’s Accessibility Technologist for Learning and Instruction, is working to gather insight on faculty needs regarding accessibility and the student accommodation process. If you have not yet had the chance to complete the Faculty Needs Assessment, we invite you to take a few minutes to share your input. The information gathered in this survey will help the OTL better support faculty based on current needs. We thank you in advance for taking the time to respond; we know that a lot has been asked of you recently.

We greatly appreciate and value your input. Please reach out to Ellen Hogan at Ellen.Hogan@du.edu with any questions or concerns.

DU Moves to Alert Level Blue

Based on decreasing positivity rates on campus, DU has now moved to alert level blue. Keep monitoring the DU COVID-19 website for the most recent updates and revisit the helpful tips in our Returning to the Classroom handout that will continue to apply this upcoming term. Our updated blog Using Canvas to Navigate Student Absences and our Navigating Student Absences infographic also provide ideas and resources for supporting absent students.

Don't forget that you can also schedule a 1:1 with an OTL Instructional Designer for an individual consultation, or reach out to otl@du.edu with questions.

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New OTL Blog Post - What's New in 2022

The OTL has many exciting new resources, programming, and professional development opportunities coming this year! In our new blog post, What's New in 2022, OTL Instructional Designer Amelia Gentile-Mathew describes the updates that we can all look forward to in 2022!

Last Call to Join OTL Department Action Teams

The OTL is seeking departmental applications for a 10-month pilot project to re-evaluate teaching evaluation practices. This project supports the work of the Teaching Excellence Task Force and guides departments through a change process known as “Department Action Teams” (DATs). Participating departments/programs will determine ways to apply the Teaching Quality Framework and ensure three voices (self, student, peer) are reflected in teaching evaluation for annual and consequential review.

Participating teams will begin their work in March 2022. The deadline was February 4, but we are still accepting applications through the end of this week. Visit the DAT Call for Proposals web page to apply and reach out to Dr. Leslie Alvarez at Leslie.Alvarez@du.edu with any questions.

Seeking Participants for Spring 2022 Student-Faculty Partnership Program

Do you wish to better-understand your students and how they experience your class, particularly in this current context? In the Student-Faculty Partnership Program, students and faculty members learn and work together as partners in addressing the question of how we can create more engaging and inclusive learning environments. Now in it's sixth year at DU and backed by 20 years of research, this program is premised on the idea that students and faculty members can learn much from each other regarding the experience of teaching and learning, and that it is through dialogue and sharing of different perspectives that this learning can occur.   


Participating faculty members will be paired with a student partner for the Spring 2022 quarter. Every week throughout the quarter, students observe their faculty partner's class, and they and their faculty partners meet - either virtually or in person - to discuss their respective observations, insights, and wonderings.


We are currently seeking faculty participants who teach undergraduate classes in any format.  The application deadline is Tuesday, February 15, 2022. To learn more about this program and to apply, please visit our Student-Faculty Partnership Program web page. We are also seeking student participants for this program, particularly students from groups that are under-represented in shaping higher education, so if you know of any undergraduate students whom you would like to recommend, please contact Dr. Virginia Pitts at Virginia.Pitts@du.edu.

How’s your SoTL? Aspirations, Challenges, and Plans for the Next Steps

Please come meet Dr. Kayoung Kim, OTL’s Director of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Faculty Learning Communities, and join us as we gather to discuss our journeys in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Come find and meet your partners in SoTL as we review some of the challenges and brainstorm ways to continue our scholarly work.

Thursday, February 17, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.


Register for our upcoming SoTL talk session to participate!

Upcoming OTL Events

Heart of Higher Education

Wednesday, February 16, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Hyflex - join us online or in person at Anderson Academic Commons 345

Canvas Coaching: New Quizzes, STEM Edition

Thursday, February 24, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - Trauma Informed Pedagogy

Thursday, February 24, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Respondus is also hosting several training webinars throughout the next month.

Check the OTL Events Calendar to discover other upcoming events!

Teaching Resources

Teaching Tool Kit

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.

Creating Instructional Videos

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.