The OTL Celebrates Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Heritage Month

As we celebrate Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month, the OTL is excited to amplify the lived experiences, stories, and voices of APIDA students, staff, and faculty in community with DU. One way to honor APIDA Heritage Month is to strengthen our inclusive teaching practices. Created by Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, the resources available through the Inclusive Teaching Practices website are available to help us teach “wholistically” with our whole selves for our whole students. Happy APIDA heritage month!

We also celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day on Thursday, May 20th. To learn more about how you can ensure that your course is accessible for your students, visit the Disability Services Program website for faculty and staff resources, or email
Summer Programming with the OTL

Join us for opportunities to advance your practice this summer!

This summer our programs include our Teaching Online Short Course, Teaching Online: Advance Practice, the Course Design Institute, and our brand-new Teaching with Canvas Short Course and Don't Lose It, Use It: Bringing What You Created for the Online Classroom Back Into Your Face-to-Face Fall.

All of these courses and institutes offer a stipend upon completion.

Stay tuned for start dates, registration information, and more details! Contact us at for questions.
Peer Mentor Drop-In This Week!

Please join us Thursday, May 20, as Dr. Sarah Huff, Department of Psychology, and Dr. Lindsay Turner, Department of English, host an open session to help you brainstorm how to incorporatie student lived experiences into the classroom and encourage students to be present as their real-world selves.

Thursday, May 20, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

You can register using the link above, or feel free to drop in via the OTL Zoom link.
Colorado Collaboration Virtual Conference

What Comes Next: Embracing the Future of Teaching and Learning

Registration for the Colorado Collaboration's What Comes Next: Embracing the Future of Teaching and Learning virtual conference is live! This event will feature higher education teaching and learning professionals from the Colorado region sharing success stories on two themes:

  • Engaging Learning Spaces: Preparing Faculty for Innovative Teaching
  • Thriving Campuses: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts

This FREE online (via Zoom) networking and professional development event will take place on Thursday, May 20, from 8:30 am to 12:10 pm. Registration is NOW OPEN for you and your colleagues!
OTL Spring Showcase Videos

Did you miss any of our OTL Spring Showcase Events, podcasts, videos, or faculty features? Visit our Spring Showcase website to learn about all of the amazing work that faculty are doing across campus!
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.
Upcoming Events

Canvas Coaching:

Tuesday, May 18, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Monday, May 24, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

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

Respondus is also hosting several training webinars throughout the month.

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