DU Moves to Alert Level Blue

Starting November 5, DU will officially move to alert level blue in the alert structure. This requires that:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals wear a face covering indoors in meetings and while walking indoors when in groups of 3 or more (as opposed to 5 or more under our previous alert level of green);
  • Fully vaccinated individuals wear a face covering unless 12 feet distant while teaching/presenting (as opposed to 6 feet while in level green); 
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a face covering at all times while they are indoors.

The change to our alert level does not require a change to your course modality.
OTL Resources for Preparing for Finals

Are your students working on video projects as part of their finals? The Knowledge Base article Video assignment tips for instructors and students contains helpful resources for students working on multimedia projects. Contact Alex Martinez at [email protected] if you have any questions or want to brainstorm about your video projects!

As you anticipate potential absences, revisit our blog Using Canvas to Navigate Student Absences for ideas on how to provide your final exams or assignments to students who have to miss class.

For more support as you plan the rest of your term, schedule a 1:1 with an OTL Instructional Designer.

Finals and Student Accommodation Support

Do you have students planning to take their finals in the Disability Services Program (DSP) Testing Center? Students can now submit their Test Requests through the Student Accommodate Portal for their Fall 2021 finals. As a faculty member, you will be notified via email if a student has requested to test in the DSP Testing Center. Faculty members will need to provide DSP with the parameters for their final exams via the Faculty Accommodate PortalIf you already know the parameters of your final exam, it is encouraged that you submit the testing information sooner rather than later to allow DSP additional time to prepare. At this time, over 100 final exam requests have been submitted to the DSP. 

If you need support in ensuring your exams are set up appropriately for students with DSP accommodations (such as adding extra time), please reach out to Ellen Hogan, OTL’s Accessibility Technologist for Learning and Instruction at [email protected] or join us for one of Ellen's upcoming sessions:
On Monday, November 15th, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Ellen will be hosting Accommodations Support Drop-In Hours for any faculty member who would like to meet in person to submit their DSP Testing ticket information or want support in setting up accommodations for finals.
At 1:00 p.m. on November 15th, you are also invited to join Ellen for the session Implementing Common DSP Accommodations. This session will include information regarding common testing and academic accommodations. This event will be hyflex, so please feel free to join in person or via zoom. If you are not available to attend, a recording will be emailed afterward to all registered participants.
ePortfolio Focus Groups

The DU Portfolio replacement project is underway and we want to hear from you! In partnership with Information Technology, we will be conducting three focus groups to gather feedback as we select the next e-Portfolio software. We know there are many uses of DU portfolio. The focus groups below are to help us learn what you want from the next platform for the use of ePortfolio in your courses or programs as a pedagogical tool for supporting integrative learning.

Wednesday, November 10, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, November 12, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Monday, November 15, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Log-in to DU Portfolio and visit the DU Portfolio Decommission page for the Zoom links to the focus groups and to learn more about the project.
Accessibility Tip

Submitting Required Textbooks to the Bookstore for Winter 2022
Have you submitted your required coursebooks to the DU Bookstore for Winter 2022 yet? If not, please submit these to the DU Bookstore as soon as possible. Currently, approximately 75% of Winter 2022 Courses have been submitted! Submitting your required coursebook information through the DU Bookstore helps create better access for all students and will also allow the Disability Services Program (DSP) more time to process Alternate Format Text (AFT) requests. Students with the AFT accommodation are responsible for submitting their own AFT Request Form through the DSP, but they need to know the details of their required coursebooks in order to submit their requests.
Upcoming Events

Monday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

Monday, November 15, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Hyflex - join us online or in person at Anderson Academic Commons 345

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

Respondus is hosting several training webinars throughout the month, and you can also learn more about Perusall through their Perusall webinar series!

Visit our OTL events calendar to discover other events coming up!
Faculty Learning Community (FLC): Teaching and Professional Faculty Tools for Success
Tools for Success is a faculty learning community designed for teaching and professional faculty (TPF) in the assistant rank at the University of Denver. The FLC will explore areas essential to the success of teaching faculty including: community building, effective instruction, wellness, DU culture, promotion, national trends, and the roles of TPF. We will utilize one book in our sessions (Inclusive Collegiality and Nontenure-Track Faculty: Engaging All Faculty as Colleagues to Promote Healthy Departments and Institutions). The FLC will be led by Dr. Laura Sponsler, Clinical Associate Professor, Higher Education, and Faculty Scholar - Teaching and Professional Faculty.

We will meet in the OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345) weekly during the Winter Quarter on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., starting on Friday, January 7.

For more information contact Laura Sponsler at [email protected].
4D Student Experience Opportunities

The 4D Experience is DU's reboot of the traditional college experience, continuing our commitment to a customized, holistic education that empowers students to lead lives of meaning and purpose that serve the public good, enabling them to thrive at and beyond the university. There are many opportunities for faculty to get involved in this experience!

4D Faculty and Staff Learning Community 
The 4D Learning Community offers both faculty and staff educators the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of students' needs and best practices in holistic student learning and development; inclusive curricular and co-curricular design; and assessment of teaching and learning around the four dimensions (4D) of advancing intellectual growth, exploring character, promoting well-being, and pursuing careers and lives of purpose. 
Facilitated by the Faculty and Staff Co-Directors of the 4D Experience, the 4D Learning Community will progress through ten sessions focused on the educational design elements central to the 4D. These sessions will be co-led by critical curricular and co-curricular partners to highlight how we can work together to support holistic learning and development and take an integrated approach to teaching, learning, and programming. Topics will include the public good; justice, equity, diversity, and inclusivity; inclusive teaching and learning; integrative learning and high-impact practices; global learning; mentoring; and career development. 

Apply via this Qualtrics form by Wednesday, Dec. 1, 12:00 p.m.
4D Infusion Grants 
The 4D Infusion Grants support faculty, staff, and co-curricular educators in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing a specific project that enhances student learning and development around the 4D. These projects may take a variety of forms and may apply towards either curricular or co-curricular educational design over the course of an academic year. Projects will be evaluated on the basis of potential impact; integrative or collaborative design; and scalability. 

It is expected that 7 - 8 grants will be awarded for projects taking place over the 2022 winter and spring quarters. Individual applicants are eligible to receive up to $700; teams (not to exceed more than three people) may receive up to $1,500. 

Apply via this Qualtrics form by Wednesday, Dec. 1, 12:00 p.m.
4D Innovations Co-Curricular Working Group 
The 4D Innovations Working Group will serve as an incubator of creativity and connectivity in the co-curricular space. Comprising co-curricular partners from across campus, the 4D Innovations Group will meet biweekly to collaboratively reimagine, design, and integrate models and practices that further embed the 4D across the co-curriculum. As a design studio, the 4D Innovations Group will seek to foster dynamic co-curricular learning environments; integrate learning across contexts; and test and assess models for scale and impact. This work will serve not only to support and enhance co-curricular learning goals and objectives but also to ensure a more integrated experience for students given the greater integration and collaboration between co-curricular activities. 

Apply via this Qualtrics form by Friday, Nov. 5, 12:00 p.m.
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.