Wrapping up Week 4

As we start to enter the middle of the term, join the OTL for events, podcasts, and coaching sessions!

Have you ever given an assessment that was not about content? While content may still be king, it is not in the castle alone. Join Dr. Allison Case and her guest, Dr. Christina Paguyo, OTL's Director of Academic Assessment, on this week's Pedagogo Podcast as they explore inclusive assessment — the layering of non-content based assessments on top of traditional content assessments as a way to better serve and respond to our students so they can fully engage with our class and our content. The concept of “inclusive assessment” not only applies to the traditional act of querying someone, but also involves considering the unique viewpoints from which both students and faculty approach learning. Listen to the podcast now!
Farewell to Heather Tobin,
Faculty Developer of Integrative Learning

The OTL is sad to say goodbye to Heather Tobin, Faculty Developer of Integrative Learning, after five years of dedicated service. However, we are happy to announce that she is not going far - she has taken the position of Senior Instructional Designer in Online Program Services in the Office of Graduate Education!

She has been a fantastic resource for faculty and an advocate for ePortfolio initiatives across campus, including co-facilitating the ePortfolio Faculty Learning Community and spearheading DU Portfolio updates. Thank you, Heather, for all you've done for the OTL and congratulations on your new position!
Canvas Coaching Weekly Series: 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.

To get started now, take a look at our Knowledge Base article, How to Create Quizzes in Canvas.

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.
Teaching Online Short Course: Upcoming Session

Join us for an upcoming session of the Teaching Online Short Course! All classes, even if there is a face-to-face component, will require a robust online presence, and the resources and tools in this course will help with the creation of those components. Participants will learn how to design and facilitate online courses effectively through course resources, multimedia, and assignments.

This session starts on Monday, October 26 and runs through Sunday, November 15. Participants who complete all requirements will receive a stipend and a certificate. Register for the Teaching Online Short Course today!
Assessment and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Accreditation Visit

The university is scheduled for a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation visit on October 19-20, 2020. Dr. Christina Paguyo, the OTL's Director of Academic Assessment, outlines the three simple steps you can take to become involved in program assessment and the HLC visit in the new blog post Assessment in a Box: Rated G for HLC Accreditation.

Part of the visit will include virtual meetings, including an open faculty meeting on Monday, October 19, 4:10 - 5:00 p.m. Learn more about how to access that meeting in the HLC Peer Review Visit Schedule.
NCFDD Online 14-Day Writing Challenge Starts October 19!

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 October 14 at the NCFDD website.
Interested in using LockDown Browser or Respondus Monitor for your Canvas quizzes? Respondus is offering several training webinars throughout the month to help you get started. You can also view the DU Respondus video with step-by-step instructions and best practices for using these tools.
Upcoming Events

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.

Canvas Coaching: Mid-Quarter Student Surveys
Tuesday, October 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Congratulations, you have made it halfway through the Fall 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.

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.