OTL Congratulates Ellen Hogan, Lexi Schlosser, and Leslie Cramblet Alvarez!

The OTL is excited to congratulate our colleagues Ellen Hogan, Lexi Schlosser, and Leslie Cramblet Alvarez on their recent achievements!

Ellen Hogan, Accessibility Technologist, will be awarded with the DU Staff Award at the Learning Effectiveness Program Awards on Friday, May 12. The important work she has done to support accessibility and Universal Design for Learning across campus has been invaluable. Congratulations, Ellen!

Lexi Schlosser, Faculty Developer of Online Learning, received the Robin Morgan Award for a Staff Member at DU during the recent Women's Coalition Awards celebration. She has done fantastic work in supporting inclusivity of gender identity in the classroom by taking the lead on technology changes within Canvas and Banner to ensure many pronoun options are available to everyone at DU. Congratulations, Lexi!

Dr. Leslie Cramblet Alvarez has recently received the new title Assistant Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning. This change reflects Leslie’s successful leadership of the OTL over the last three years and her impact on many campus initiatives, including teaching excellence and department action teams. Congratulations, Leslie!

Update Your Pronouns in Banner

The list of pronoun options in your Banner user profile has been expanded to 15 unique choices! You can navigate to your Banner user profile from the MyDU Dashboard under "Employee Tools" or you can click on "Employee Resources" in the left navigation menu, then "My Resources." From there, click on “My Person Profile”, and you will be directed from MyDU into Banner. You will then click on "Personal Information.” Use the "edit" button at the top right-hand corner of the Personal Details box to change your pronouns. If you have questions about updating your Banner user profile, please contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected].

Turnitin and AI Writing

Turnitin now has detection capabilities for AI writing, including writing that comes from ChatGPT. You will not have to do anything new for your Canvas assignments that already have Turnitin enabled. Learn more about the Turnitin detection capabilities on the webpage AI Writing & Turnitin.

Keep in mind that this technology is not perfect, and it is still important that you review these reports carefully and communicate thoughtfully with your students. Read about strategies to address academic integrity and AI writing in our blog post Getting Proactive with ChatGPT and Other AI Tools.

If you are interested in using Turnitin with your Canvas assignments, learn more by visiting our Knowledge Base article How to Use Turnitin for Faculty or book a one-on-one consultation with one of our OTL Instructional Designers.

Dr. Kerstin Haring, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, reflects on these AI tools, how they work, and how we might be able to use them to our advantage in two faculty guest blogs:

ePortfolio Information and Resources

DU is excited to announce that we have officially adopted Digication as our new ePortfolio platform! You can log-in to Digication now using your DU email address and password. Learn more in our new OTL blog post From DU Portfolio to Digication: How We Got Here.

IT has many resources to help support you if you would like to transfer content from DU Portfolio to Digication. Visit their IT Digication web page to learn more.

The OTL's Digication@DU web page also has many links, guides, and videos to help you get started. For technical questions, the Digication Help Desk has faculty help guides and student help guides. Have more specific questions or issues? Submit a request to Digication or email your question to [email protected].

Pursuing Careers & Lives of Purpose - Spring 2023 Series

This spring the 4D team is hosting a two-part series for faculty and staff interested in engaging the 4D’s focus on “pursuing careers and lives of purpose.”

Workshop 1: Living Your Purpose

Wednesday, April 19, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

CCOM 1600


The first workshop will focus on “living your purpose,” allowing faculty and staff to reflect on and (re)define avenues toward finding meaning and purpose in their professional and personal lives. This will include engaging in a creative reflective exercise that involves participants imagining themselves as a gift. Through this process, they will connect to the 4D Experience by developing a personalized understanding of purpose in the context of their lives, identifying spaces and opportunities to lean into their purpose, and learning strategies for ongoing self-exploration and questioning that may help to center their purpose in their lives.


Workshop 2: Designing for Purpose

Friday, May 12, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

CCOM 1600


The second workshop will support faculty and staff in “designing for purpose” – that is, intentionally designing courses, programs, and other experiences to support students in pursuing lives of meaning and purpose. This workshop will include interactive activities, reflection, and opportunities to learn from and engage with others as we explore together what purpose means, when it emerges for our students, and how we might design for it. Participants will come away with actionable strategies for fostering and amplifying the connection to purpose in their own work with students, not only enhancing and invigorating our students’ 4D Experience but also gaining tools that may be applied across their professional work.

Contact Erin Willer at [email protected] with any questions.

Upcoming Events

The Office of Teaching and Learning and the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs office are hosting several events throughout this term. Visit the OTL Events Calendar to discover other upcoming events!

Part Time (New) Faculty Orientation

Tuesday, April 18, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.


Heart of Higher Education

Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Hyflex - Join us online or in the OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)

Resilient Leadership for Chairs and Directors

Monday, April 24, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Tools for Affective Learning

Thursday, April 27, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Community Commons 3700

Pathways to Promotion for Teaching & Professional Faculty

Friday, April 28, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Hyflex - join us online or in Community Commons 1600

Restorative Practices in Classroom Dialogues

Friday, April 28, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

The Loft Classroom (AAC 340)