OTL Teaching and Course Design Resources

The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is here to support you as you prepare for and begin your classes.

Our brand new Prepping for Next Term webpage provides important links, guides, and answers to frequently asked questions. You can also utilize the OTL Canvas templates so that you can get a head start on building out your Canvas courses. Visit our Sample Syllabus Statements web page for statements you can use to communicate course requirements to your students.

If you are interested in learning more about Canvas, our Canvas Knowledge Base and the Canvas Help guides provide step-by-step instructions, and you can contact Canvas Help for 24/7 support. You can also join us for an upcoming Canvas training:

Canvas Basics Webinar

Thursday, September 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Need individual support? You can book 1:1 time with the OTL Instructional Designers! You can also visit our OTL Staff Page to learn more about the expertise across our office and schedule a consultation with us.

Share Your Teaching Memories as the OTL Celebrates 25 Years!

The OTL is collecting artifacts to celebrate our 25th anniversary as an office at the University of Denver. We are looking for artifacts and stories from colleagues across campus about the transformation of teaching and learning over the past 25 years.

Please fill out our OTL Artifact survey to share your memories! If you are not sure what to share, email [email protected] or drop by the OTL suite in AAC 350. We are looking forward to celebrating with you throughout this year!

Student Accommodation and Instructional Accessibility Support

AccessibleDU: Student Disability Services (SDS)

As students send their Letters of Approved Accommodations (LOAA) for this term, please consider making an appointment with the AccessibleDU: Student Disability Services (SDS, formerly Disability Services Program). SDS is happy to answer any questions you may have about implementing accommodations or navigating the Faculty Accommodate Portal. You can book an appointment by emailing [email protected]. More information about the student accommodation process can be found on the Student Disability Services webpage.

OTL Instructional Accessibility and UDL Support

The Office of Teaching and Learning provides support in Instructional Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Interested in learning more about accessible course content and ways to enhance student representation, expression, and engagement? Schedule an appointment with our Faculty Developer of Instructional Accessibility today!

Technology Updates


Do your students use LockDown Browser or Respondus Monitor? Make sure they update to the latest version before they need to use it for their next exam! Screen recording is only available for exams that use both LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor and only on the most updated versions. Students using iPads for their exams will not be able to record their screen. Learn more about LockDown Browser updates on the Respondus Updates website and visit the web page screen recording for Respondus Monitor to learn more about Respondus Monitor.

If you use Respondus 4.0 Quiz importer to add test bank questions to Canvas, it is time to update your license information. Visit the Respondus 4.0 IT Knowledge Base for the new installation password. You will have to click on the Log In link in the upper right corner, then log-in with your 87 DU ID number and password to access the information.

Respondus offers several webinars each month about each of its products. Learn more about these webinars and register on the Respondus Webinars website.

McGraw Hill Connect

Do you use McGraw Hill Connect within Canvas? They are updating their Canvas integration! They are not making any changes to your existing content - the update is to improve the way that McGraw Hill Connect communicates with Canvas.

A McGraw Hill representative is happy to work with you to migrate your content to the updated application. Schedule an appointment to receive McGraw Hill migration support. You can also contact McGraw Hill Digital Technical Support if you have specific questions or issues.

Upcoming Events

The OTL and the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (VPFA) are hosting several events and short courses throughout the next month. Join us to learn more about teaching strategies and academic technology, and visit our Events Calendar to discover other upcoming events this term!

Part-Time Faculty Orientation

Wednesday, September 6, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.


Canvas Basics Webinar

Thursday, September 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Part-Time Faculty Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, September 13, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Location To Be Determined