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Welcome to Dr. Kayoung Kim, Director of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Faculty Learning Communities!

The OTL is excited to welcome Dr. Kayoung Kim to our team as the new Director of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Faculty Learning Communities!

Kayoung received a BA in Psychology and English Literature from Yonsei University, a Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Texas A&M University. She taught for several years as Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, and as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Tennessee State University before joining DU. Her research background is in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, where she conducts evidence-based inquiries on the effective and inclusive teaching and learning practices in college classrooms.

OTL Seeks Department Action Teams

Earlier this week the Chancellor announced that the OTL is seeking departmental applications for a 10-month pilot project to re-evaluate teaching evaluation practices. This project supports the work of the Teaching Excellence Task Force and guides departments through a change process known as “Department Action Teams” (DATs). Participating departments/programs will determine ways to apply the Teaching Quality Framework and ensure three voices (self, student, peer) are reflected in teaching evaluation for annual and consequential review.

These DATs will be facilitated by Dr. Virginia Pitts, OTL's Director of University Teaching, Dr. Kayoung Kim, Director of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Faculty Learning Communities, Dr. Jared Del Rosso, Associate Professor and OTL Faculty Fellow of Teaching and Learning, and Dr. Barbekka Hurtt, Teaching Associate Professor and OTL Faculty Fellow of Teaching and Learning.

Participating teams will begin their work in March 2022. The application deadline is February 4. To learn more and apply, visit the DAT Call for Proposals web page.

New OTL Blog Post: Navigating the Return to Campus

OTL Instructional Designer Jeff Schwartz provides tips and resources for adjusting to being back in face-to-face classes in the new blog post Navigating the Return to Campus. Learn about best practices for transitioning back to campus, including how to create a mid-quarter survey to get feedback from your students.

Then revisit our updated blog Using Canvas to Navigate Student Absences and our Navigating Student Absences infographic for ideas about supporting absent students.

Don't forget that you can also schedule a 1:1 with an OTL Instructional Designer, or reach out to [email protected] with questions.

Student Accommodation Support for Testing

Do you have students planning to take their quizzes, tests, or mid-term exams in the DSP Testing Center this term? Students can now submit their Test Requests through the Student Accommodate Portal for upcoming assessments. 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 parameters for the assessment via the Faculty Accommodate Portal. You also have the ability to log-in and provide testing parameter information prior to the student requests. Visit the Providing DSP Testing Information Knowledge Base article for more information!

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].

Universal Design for Learning - DU Culture of Change

Join us as we embark on a journey to learn about Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the three principles behind it, what UDL looks like in your courses regardless of modality, and how the OTL can support your efforts in this growing area.

Tuesday, January 25, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Register for our upcoming UDL session to participate!

Canvas Coaching Sessions

Canvas Coaching is designed to provide faculty with small group consultation, training, and support with Canvas. The sessions may include demonstrations, activities, and Q&A time. This year, we are intentionally focusing on accessibility in Canvas, whether that be through understanding functionality, universal design, or student accommodations. These sessions will be online, and please register for the sessions you are interested in attending using the links below! 


Canvas Coaching: How to Use SpeedGrader

Thursday, January 27, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Canvas Coaching: Tech Tool Spotlight - Kurzweil 3000 

Monday, January 31, 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Canvas Coaching: Mid-Quarter Feedback

Tuesday, February 8, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Check the OTL Events Calendar for more information and to discover other upcoming events!

Teaching Resources

Teaching Tool Kit

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.

Creating Instructional Videos

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.