The OTL Celebrates Women's History Month

The OTL celebrates International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with a reminder that women and people of color are often underrepresented in our curricular materials. When OTL director, Dr. Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, set out to examine this in her home discipline of psychology, she and colleagues discovered that even among a famous husband and wife research team, the husband was mentioned in textbooks three times more than his wife, who was the primary investigator. This work is discussed in a podcast interview. Listen here

As we prepare for spring, consider who’s missing from your discipline’s curricular materials. Is there an opportunity to feature an underrepresented historical figure or replace a reading with something from an underrepresented scholar?
Nominations for our Spring Showcase

The OTL is preparing to hold a virtual event, Spring Showcase: Celebrating Faculty Teaching Excellence over April 26-May 7. After more than a year of working under pandemic conditions, we hope to foster a time of celebration, appreciation, and collective reflections. Let's acknowledge the struggles, celebrate the wins, and think about where to go from here. 

We hope you’ll join us for the events (more on these soon!) and celebrate yourselves and one another! Also, it is our goal to highlight as many faculty as possible through this showcase so please take a moment to nominate yourself or a colleague to be featured. Complete this form to share your (and/or a colleague's) accomplishments, points of pride, or challenges that were overcome in the classroom as we all adjusted to the difficulties of the pandemic. You are welcome to complete the form more than once. Please submit your nomination/s by end of business, Friday, March 19, 2021. We will follow up with featured nominees directly by April 2.
Sign-Up Deadline Today (March 17)! NCFDD Online 14-Day Writing Challenge

Join us for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) 14-Day Writing Challenge! This challenge is online and an opportunity for you to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability. It's very simple:

  1. You commit to write every day for at least 30 minutes.
  2. At the beginning of your writing time, you login to our online community, start the timer, complete your writing, and post your progress at the end.
  3. You take 5 minutes to support other writers in your group by commenting on their progress.

If you're up for the challenge, you can sign up today, March 17, at the NCFDD website. Those who complete the challenge are eligible for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Email a screen shot of completion to Dr. Virginia Pitts at [email protected] to be entered in the drawing.
Final Peer Teaching Mentor Drop-In Session Tomorrow (March 18)

Thinking Ahead: Spring Challenges and Returning to (a New) Normal

Join Peer Teaching Mentor Dr. Lindsay Turner, Assistant Professor of English and Literary Arts, to discuss what anticipations folks have for what this spring will be like. We will also to think together about what lessons we might carry over from online teaching and this time in general as we (hopefully) return to a more normal state of life in the fall.

Thursday, March 18, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

You can register using the link above, or feel free to drop in via the OTL Zoom link.
Teaching Online: Advanced Practice Starts April 5

Did you complete the Teaching Online Short Course and now you are hoping to elevate your online teaching even more? Interested in exploring Canvas integrations, active learning techniques, and High-Impact Practices? Then join us for the upcoming session of the Teaching Online - Advanced Practice Short Course!

This self-paced course starts on April 5 and will help you fine-tune your teaching strategies, student engagement, and Canvas skills. You will investigate topics related to multimedia, measuring individual and group learning outcomes, technology that promotes social and cognitive engagement, and more.

Congrats to Our OTL Colleagues!

Please join us in congratulating Christine Hood, Instructional Designer, and Lexi Schlosser, Faculty Developer of Online Learning, on their recent presentation at the 3rd Annual Social Emotional Learning Summit - Practical Application: Backwards Planning with Trauma-Informed Pedagogy.
Accessibility Tip

The OTL is partnering with the Disability Services Program (DSP) to provide accessibility tips you can implement in your courses today!

Is your online course accessible? Visit DSP's Accessibility When Teaching Online web page for information and resources to help you ensure that your course is accessible.

Questions about accommodations and accessibility? Please visit the DSP website for faculty and staff resources, or email [email protected].
Canvas Template from the OTL

Created by Lexi Schlosser, Jeff Schwartz, and Dr. Vince Tango, the OTL's new Canvas template provides pre-built modules that are organized, visually appealing, and editable. Each item also provides tips and best practices. Learn more about this template, and how to import it into your courses, in our new blog Eye-Catching, Easy-to-Navigate Canvas Templates.

We have a workshop series throughout the month of March focused on the tools used to create the template, Cidi Labs Design Tools. This suite of Canvas tools greatly expands aesthetic design and course navigation customization options to enhance student experience. Each workshop will include instruction from OTL Instructional Designers, followed by practice time that participants can use to start preparing their courses.

Canvas Design Tools Workshop Series:

Additional Features for Editing
Tuesday, March 23, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Best Practices for Canvas Design
Tuesday, March 30, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Upcoming Events

Canvas Coaching: Transitioning from Quarter to Quarter
Thursday, March 18, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Teaching and Professional Faculty Tools for Success
Friday, March 19, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Coaching: Canvas Clean-Up
Tuesday, March 23, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Law School Webinar with Professor David Thomson
Wednesday, March 24, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Heart of Higher Education
Thursday, March 25, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Visit our OTL events calendar to discover other events coming up this month!
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.

Visit our Sample Syllabus Statements webpage for optional statements to help you communicate with students your policies around wearing masks in class, social distancing, attendance and participation, and more. Be sure to reach out to your Dean, Chair, or Director with any questions or for clarification around the use of these statements in your syllabus.