The OTL Wishes You a Restful Summer!

As we wrap up this academic year, we hope you are looking forward to a fun summer that allows you to take a break and rejuvenate.

The OTL is here for you while you reflect on this past year. Join us this Friday, June 4, at 12:00 p.m. for a Peer Teaching Mentors Drop-In Session to brainstorm together how to move forward in our teaching.

Also visit our new blog post "What Comes Next: Redefining 'Normal' in the Post-Pandemic Classroom," written by Jeff Schwartz, OTL Instructional Designer, to think through how to incorporate the new practices and tools you've adopted over the past year into your future courses.

Like many of you, we are gradually starting to return to campus. Our events and courses for much of the summer will be online, and individual meetings are by appointment only. Beginning in August, we will start to incorporate hybrid and in-person events. Our summer newsletters will be less frequent, though you can always check our OTL calendar, OTL Twitter, and OTL LinkedIn to learn more about our upcoming events, including our upcoming summer short courses and institutes.
OTL Summer Schedule

This summer our programs include:

All of these courses and institutes offer a stipend upon completion. Contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

We also have several educational technology webinars this month:

Thursday, June 3, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Friday, June 11, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Visit our OTL events calendar to discover other events coming up during the summer, including workshops on creating instructional videos and workshops on High Impact Practices (HIPs)!
Finding your Upcoming Courses in Canvas

Are you looking to prepare your Summer term courses and unable to find them on your Canvas Dashboard? Visit our Ed-Tech Knowledge Base to easily access your courses and add them to your dashboard.
Congratulations to the NCFDD 14-Day Writing Challenge Winners!

We are happy to announce the winners of the Spring 2021 NCFDD 14-day Writing Challenge drawing:

Dr. Jennifer Hoffman, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Robyn Thomas Pitts, Assistant Professor of Evaluation & Mixed Methods Research

We hope you will consider participating in the next NCFDD 14-Day Writing Challenge online from June 21 – July 4, 2021. You can find more details and register at the NCFDD website. Congratulations to Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Pitts!
Information Literacy Grants through the DU Libraries

The University of Denver Libraries is now accepting proposals for Information Literacy Grants for the upcoming academic year. Originally started as the Joseph I. Moreland Fund for Information Literacy Programs in Fall 2015, the program has since expanded to include both undergraduate and graduate programs. The overall goal of the program is to foster collaboration between librarians and faculty to work towards the full integration of research education into all undergraduate majors and graduate degrees. The program awards instructional development stipends to instructors who would like to design or revise a course or series of courses in order to incorporate assignments, readings, and library workshops focused on information literacy and research/library skills.

Applications for Fall classes are due by August 2, 2021. Please contact Carrie Forbes, Associate Dean, at [email protected], for more information.
Heart of Higher Education 2021: Rooted and Reaching

We are pleased to announce the upcoming “Heart of Higher Education 2021: Rooted and Reaching” conference/retreat, taking place virtually on June 16-19 from 9:00-12:30. Co-hosted by the Center for Courage and Renewal, the University of Denver and the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs office, this event is for those higher education professionals who are eager to foster ways to sustain and renew personal identity and professional integrity in the midst of the profound changes that impact our lives. You are invited to join with other educators and leaders in naming core personal and professional callings with integrity, nurturing and caring for the hearts of others with fidelity, and faithfully acting to transform education that is worthy of the human heart and not limited by measures of effectiveness. Parker J. Palmer, author of Courage to Teach, will join in this time of inner reflection and outer commitment to cultivating a renewed vision of education. His conversation partners will be Laura Rendón, author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy, and Colorado poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, who will be the conference poet in “virtual” residence.

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.