Preparing Your Courses for Collaborative Experiences

You might have a lot of questions about how to move forward as you plan for collaborative activities and continue to engage in teaching best practices while navigating COVID classroom protocols. The OTL has created resources to help you apply these policies to classroom:

Review the Classroom Guideline Summary prepared by Rachel Walsh and Tracy Debellevue.

Visit the OTL Sample Syllabus Statements web page for language around the new fall policies you can copy, adapt, and edit.

Read our new OTL blog Group Work with Contact Tracing, Quarantine, Social Distancing, and Masks in Mind, written by Megan Haskins, OTL's Faculty Developer of Integrative Learning and High Impact Practices.
The OTL will be available for drop-ins starting next week, but we highly recommend you schedule an appointment. Contact us directly or book 1:1 time with the OTL Instructional Designers.
Faculty Q&A Sessions

The COVID Response Team is hosting several Faculty Q&A sessions over the next few weeks. You can join these sessions using the links below.

Wednesday, September 8, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 15, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 22, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 29, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 6, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Canvas Support

The OTL is also here to support you as you prepare your Canvas courses. One of the new policies for fall involves the required use of DU's primary learning management system, Canvas, regardless of modality to provide important course materials such as syllabi and assignments. The OTL created a Canvas template that you can import to help you get started. You can also visit our OTL Canvas web page for tips and resources, our Canvas Knowledge Base and the Canvas Help guides for step-by-step instructions, and contact Canvas Help for 24/7 support.
Upcoming OTL Events

Thursday, September 2, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, September 8, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Monday, September 13, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

Respondus is also hosting several training webinars throughout the month.

Visit our OTL events calendar to discover other events coming up!
Tech Tips

As the fall quarter nears, IT and OTL have some friendly reminders with the software we provide you for teaching. 


New and Updated Technology:
Reminder: CourseMedia is being replaced by ARTstor!

As of this fall quarter, CourseMedia will no longer be available, but we now have access to ARTstor! ARTstor is a database that contains over a million high-quality images that you can access and curate for your courses.

Visit our OTL blog Database Spotlight: The Art of Using ARTstor as well as the Knowledge Base article How to use ARTstor to incorporate images into your course for more information about the features of this database.

University Libraries will also be hosting workshops to help you learn more. Find upcoming workshops on the ARTstor Library Guide, including information about their next workshop:

Friday, September 3, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The OTL is Hiring!

The OTL is looking to expand our team! Please share these positions with your networks.

We are looking to hire work study students to help provide support for projects, events, and administrative tasks. Only students will be able to log-in using the link above, and they may have to search for Office of Teaching and Learning to access the job description.

The Director of Academic Assessment will provide leadership, direction, and advice for building and sustaining a robust culture of continuous improvement that supports processes for curricular renewal, academic innovation, and organizational transformation.

The Director for Inclusive Teaching Practices will provide proactive and responsive leadership, direction, and programming that advances the University of Denver's commitment to Inclusive Excellence and Inclusive Pedagogy.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Teaching Resources

Build your course in 4 weeks while considering the rhythm of the term with this helpful resources guide.

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.

Visit this OTL web page for helpful links to resources such as Canvas guides and Knowledge Base articles organized by task, as well as a video walking you through setting up your Canvas course. These resources can be helpful no matter how you offer your courses this term.

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.