Join us for the Teaching Online - Advanced Practice Short Course!

As we start the spring quarter and continue the spring semester, we are looking forward to what these next few weeks will bring. The OTL has many upcoming opportunities for you to connect and learn!

Our Teaching Online - Advanced Practice short course starts next week, Monday, 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?

This self-paced course 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.

HerDU kicks off next week

The OTL's Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave joins Provost Clark and Tali Thomason to kick off the 26th annual HerDU Women's conference on Monday, April 5th from 11-12pm. Click to see the full schedule and RSVP today. 
NCFDD Online 14-Day Writing Challenge

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) 14-day writing challenge ends this week! Did you participate and complete the challenge? Email a screen shot of completion to Dr. Virginia Pitts at for a chance to win a $20 amazon gift card. The 14-day challenge ends on April 4, so you still have time to write!
Upcoming Panel with Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave

Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, OTL's Director of Inclusive Teaching Practices, will be presenting as part of a panel at Higher Ed's Reset Leadership Summit from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Advice Panel: An Inclusive Environment
Thursday, April 22, 2:20 p.m.

The pandemic and the country’s reckoning with systemic racism in the wake of the killing of George Floyd have re-emphasized the need for colleges to create inclusive learning environments. How do colleges achieve this in such uncertain times?

For more information and to register, visit the Reset Leadership Summit website.
Spring Showcase: Celebrating Faculty Teaching Excellence - April 26- May 7

Save the date for our upcoming virtual event Spring Showcase: Celebrating Faculty Teaching Excellence! The showcase will be a series of events celebrating the hard work you and your colleagues have done over this past year. Stay tuned for more information!
Accessibility Tip

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

Do you have an up-to-date DSP syllabus statement? Please make sure to update your syllabus to reflect language that includes Mental Health Conditions to build awareness for students who may need to request accommodations. 

Here is a sample that may be modified to suit your style:


The University of Denver is committed to equitable access and inclusion of those with disabilities. Students who have a disability (i.e., physical, medical, mental, emotional, learning, etc.) and who want to request accommodations should contact the Disability Services Program (DSP); 303.871.3241; 1999 E. Evans Ave.; 4th floor of Ruffatto Hall. Information is also available online at

Questions about accommodations and accessibility? Please visit the DSP website for faculty and staff resources, or email
Upcoming Events

Teaching and Professional Faculty Tools for Success
Friday, April 2, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Coaching: Accessibility
Tuesday, April 6, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Canvas Coaching: How to use SpeedGrader
Monday, April 12, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Respondus is also hosting several training webinars throughout the month.

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