Teaching Online Short Course: Starting Next Week!

Join us for an upcoming session of the Teaching Online Short Course! The Teaching Online Short Course contains readings, assignments, and multimedia to help participants learn how to design and facilitate online courses effectively. The course takes place asynchronously on Canvas so that participants can experience the structure of an online course as a student. All classes, even if there is a face-to-face component, will require a robust online presence. As you prepare your courses for spring term, the resources and tools in this course will help with the creation of that online presence.

You should plan to dedicate about 5 - 7 hours per module (one module per week) to this online course. You can go through the modules at your own pace throughout each week. Participants who turn in the final assignment will receive a course review facilitated by an Instructional Designer. Upon completion of the course review, participants will receive a stipend. The course will run from Monday, February 15th to Monday, March 8th.

New Blog: Making the Grade: Choosing A Grading Scheme to Enhance Student Success

In the new blog Making the Grade: Choosing A Grading Scheme to Enhance Student Success, Christine Hood along with Amelia Gentile-Mathew, OTL Instructional Designers, help us think beyond our standard grading. They share examples of grading schemes we can use for assessment in our courses as we continue to review how we assess our students.
Still Time to Apply for the Spring Student-Faculty Partnership Program!

Are you teaching an undergraduate course this spring, and wanting to deepen your understanding of your students and their experience of your class? Do you believe students and faculty can learn much from each other regarding the experience of teaching and learning? If so, you can still apply for our Student-Faculty Partnership Program, in which students and faculty members learn and work together as partners in exploring how we might create more engaging, inclusive, learning-rich environments.  The application deadline is this coming Tuesday, February 16.   

Each participating faculty member will be paired with a student partner for the Spring 2021 quarter. Every week throughout the quarter, students visit and observe their faculty partner's class (virtually or in person), and then student and faculty partners meet with each other to discuss their respective observations, insights, and wonderings. Most of this partnership work will be conducted virtually (with all meetings happening via Zoom), though participating faculty members who are teaching on campus may choose to have their student partner visit their class in-person.

To learn more about this program and to apply, please visit our Student-Faculty Partnership Program web page. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Virginia Pitts, OTL's Director of University Teaching.
NCFDD Online 14-Day Writing Challenge Starts March 22!

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 by March 17 at the NCFDD website.
Tomorrow: Drop-In Session with OTL Peer Teaching Mentors

We are excited to offer several opportunities throughout this term to work with our OTL Peer Teaching Mentors. Led by Dr. Lina Reznicek-Parrado, Spanish Teaching Assistant Professor and Director of the Spanish Program for Heritage/Bilingual speakers, Peer Mentors can provide personalized, individual support along with Teaching Accountability Groups and drop-in sessions.

Peer Teaching Mentors Drop-In Session
Thursday, February 11, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Join us for a drop-in session with Peer Teaching Mentors. Facilitators are hosting a session to help you stave off midterm burnout. They are available to help you brainstorm strategies to stay energized, manage your grading workload, and feel invigorated heading into the second half of the quarter.

Facilitators for this session:
Dr. Helen Hazen, Geography and the Environment
Emily Sposeto, Center for World Languages and Cultures
Assessment Coaching Session with Dr. Vince Tango, Instructional Designer, and Dr. Christina Paguyo, Director of Academic Assessment
Make Grading Faster and Less Furious with SpeedGrader
Wednesday, February 17, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The OTL is excited to launch a new Assessment Coaching series! We will cover timely topics––from speed grading to rubrics to program assessment––to support your teaching! For our first Assessment Coaching session, please join fabulous Instructional Designer Dr. Vince Tango to learn how you can increase speed and convenience when it comes to grading writing assignments. If your students submit their assignments (as a Word document, PDF, or as images) online in Canvas, you can use SpeedGrader to annotate, leave feedback, and enter grades all in one place. Learn how to point, highlight, type text, and draw annotations directly on the students’ papers, all within the SpeedGrader in Canvas.
STEM and High Impact Practices (HIPs)
Tuesday, February 23, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Join Megan Haskins, Faculty Developer of Integrative Learning and HIPs, and Paula von Kretschmann, Instructional Designer, to discuss implementing High Impact Practices in your course. They will provide a brief overview of best practices for HIPs in STEM. Then they will facilitate a conversation to answer questions and discuss individual experiences. Whether you are just learning about HIPs, new to implementation, or interested in hearing from other colleagues, this workshop is for you!
Canvas Coaching Sessions with Lexi Schlosser, OTL Faculty Developer of Online Learning

Mid-Quarter Student Surveys
Thursday, February 18, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Congratulations, you have made it halfway through the Winter Quarter! Join the OTL this week for a discussion on collecting feedback from your students to understand and improve your teaching and your students’ learning. Mid-Quarter Student Feedback supports your professional reflective work for improving quality teaching and learning. During this session, we will talk through strategies for collecting feedback online and discuss ways to implement feedback in your course(s) this quarter. Specifically, you will learn how to use Canvas as a tool for collecting feedback.

Using Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor
Monday, February 22, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

This session will be co-faciliated by Dr. Mark Pleiss from the Center for World Languages and Cultures and Lexi Schlosser from the Office of Teaching and Learning. We are extending the session to one-hour for the inclusion of a demonstration, lessons learned conversation, and walk through of a case study from the intrsuctors perspective with the Respondus Monitor Software.

Prior to joining this Canvas Coaching session, you are highly encouraged to register for the Instructor Training on Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor.

Visit our OTL events calendar for more Canvas Coaching sessions coming up during the winter term!
Faculty Learning Communities

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

Teaching and Professional Faculty Tools for Success is a year-long FLC designed for teaching and professional faculty in the assistant rank at the University of Denver. Led by Dr. Laura Sponsler, Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education and the Faculty Scholar for Teaching and Professional Faculty, the FLC will explore areas essential to the success of teaching faculty including community building, effective instruction, wellness, DU culture, promotion, national trends, inclusive excellence, and university resources. The winter sessions are organized around the book Inclusive Collegiality and Nontenure-Track Faculty: Engaging All Faculty as Colleagues to Promote Healthy Departments and Institutions (available online through DU Libraries) and learning important to advancement, promotion, and university culture.

In the spring quarter, we will focus on the scholar/teacher model of excellence. We will form a Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SOTL) group with the intent of writing about and publishing on our experiences as teaching and professional faculty in higher education.

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

The Heart of Higher Education (HOHE) is an opportunity to gather as a DU community to share the challenges and opportunities of transcending the institutional, professional and personal choices that tend to separate core identity/integrity from day to day actions. The meetings are open to all faculty (of any rank) and staff (of any title). The Conversations are facilitated by Dr. Paul Michalec, OTL Faculty Teaching Fellow, and Clinical Professor in the Morgridge College of Education. The Heart of Higher Education Conversations create a positive and constructive space where staff and faculty can explore ways of re-connecting calling with professional responsibilities. In Winter 2021, we will explore the theme of connection through the lenses of self (calling), others (colleagues and students), and bigness of life (institution, family, spirit). We will have two sessions each month of this term with the same content. You are welcome to attend one or both sessions, and keep your eye out for future sessions!

Library Support for Teaching

The Libraries have an existing and robust virtual service delivery model with a host of online services and resources. We have been working continuously to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak to provide faculty and other instructors with services and materials for teaching online, hybrid, or hyflex classes.
Reference librarians at the Libraries are happy to work with you to develop student-centered library instruction opportunities specific to your course and assignments. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: using library databases, effective search strategies, evaluating sources, and using information ethically. Librarians will be teaching synchronous library instruction workshops through Zoom for the Winter 2021 quarter and are also able to provide asynchronous learning materials such as video tutorials and online research guides for courses, both of which can be embedded in Canvas. Additional time might be needed to prepare tutorials or research guides, so please contact your librarian to talk about synchronous and asynchronous instruction options. The Libraries also have collections of online books, journals, and streaming videos which can be used for course materials. Please see our Resources for Faculty page for complete information.
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.

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.