Welcome to October!

As we enter a new month and wrap up another week of our term, we hope you are able to find some time to breathe and reflect.

As you plan for the rest of the term, join Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, Director of Inclusive Teaching Practices with the Office of Teaching and Learning, on the Pedagogo Podcast. There’s little doubt as to the value assessment can bring to the classroom. But what if we are underutilizing assessments and under-appreciating the areas where they can lead to insights? Listen as Valentina and Dr. Allison Case, the host of the podcast, discuss the nature of trauma-informed pedagogy and how the insights gleaned from low-stakes assessments can translate to large gains in traditional assessments. Learn what steps you can take to create a classroom of inclusive excellence.

Then tune in next week to the Pedagogo Podcast as Dr. Christina Paguyo, Director of Academic Assessment with the Office of Teaching and Learning, dives deep into assessment!
Canvas Coaching Weekly Series: Moving Discussions Online

Wednesday, October 7, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Join the OTL in a conversation around student engagement with regard to online discussion boards in Canvas. Discussion boards have many uses for online, hyflex and hybrid courses. At this Canvas Coaching session, we will talk through strategies for moving class discussions online. You will learn how to create discussion boards and respond to students with feedback in Canvas. This may be a helpful session if you are still thinking through how to be "PIVOT Ready" in your current course and future course planning.

You can also book one-on-one time with our Instructional Design team, to discuss this topic:

This system allows you to book a half hour time slot.

Fill out this survey to request time for more in-depth assistance.
Coming Soon: Internationalization Faculty Learning Community

Co-facilitated by RSECS Associate Dean for Undergraduate studies and Teaching Associate Professor Breigh Roszelle and Executive Director for Internationalization Casey Dinger, this collaborative Faculty Learning Community is structured around book chapters. Participants will take turns leading the discussion using key theoretical and applied materials supplied by the facilitators to provide a grounding in the approach and tools to implement.

This FLC is organized around exploring the practice, development, and implementation of a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)-based course. This can take numerous forms, but in essence COIL is a type of virtual mobility, where students from DU and a partner institution abroad are given the tools and space to engage in purposeful interaction in a course. Students from both classes may interact synchronously or asynchronously for a few weeks or an entire term through whichever technologies are most relevant and useful. Often students work together on a project, class discussions, or similar group work. COIL is a powerful opportunity to help students engage in cross-cultural learning and global education on DU’s home campus.

For more information, please contact Breigh Roszelle or Casey Dinger.
Upcoming Events

Canvas Coaching: How to Create Quizzes & Exams in Canvas
Monday, October 12, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

With midterms approaching, join the OTL for a Canvas Coaching session on creating quizzes and exams in Canvas. We will model building a Canvas Quiz and the options available to instructors. This is a great opportunity to open up the conversation between colleagues and hear about what other folks are doing with their online quizzes and exams.

Pathways to Promotion for Teaching & Professional Faculty
Thursday, October 15, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

We invite you to join us for a panel discussion hosted by the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, Faculty Senate, and the Office of Teaching and Learning. This panel will serve as a space for Teaching and Professional Track Faculty across campus to share resources and experiences about the promotion process set forth in the Policies and Procedures Relating to Faculty Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure, approved by the Board of Trustees in 2015. The panel aims to support faculty as they prepare for promotion.

Heart of Higher Education
Wednesday, October 21, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 22, 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 this academic year we will investigate the themes of uncertainty, impermanence, and resilience in academia. We will have sessions each month of this term, so if you are unable to join us in September, keep your eye out for future sessions.

Please visit our OTL Events Calendar for all of our upcoming events!
Teaching Resources

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.

Getting overwhelmed by all of the different terms you hear related to online teaching and learning? Visit OTL’s glossary for definitions of key terms.

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.