Week 5 and Week 9

For both our campus as a whole and our law school, we are over halfway through the fall. Here at the OTL, we know the days, weeks, and months are running together and it is hard to believe we are midway through October. We hope you are finding your stride and giving yourself grace. This has been a hard year and we know you have many competing commitments and responsibilities. This is a year when even getting support feels like just one more thing. Wherever you are, we are here for you and working hard to find easy ways to connect that don't feel like extra work. Look for a survey soon to help us know how we're doing.
Teaching Online Short Course Starts October 26

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. The resources and tools in this course will help with the creation of those components, whether you are planning ahead or looking to enhance the courses you are currently teaching. 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!
The OTL is Excited to Introduce OTL Partners!

Our OTL team has been expanding, and we are very excited to welcome faculty and IT partners to help us continue our Investing in Faculty enhanced services.

Our partners can help with a wide variety of interests and needs - faculty development, equitable professorial experiences, scholarship of teaching and learning, peer teaching mentoring, assessment, and academic technology.

Bobby Baca - Business Analyst partner with IT
Michael Caston - Faculty Fellow of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Brian Gonzales - Faculty Fellow of Equitable Professorial Experiences
Paul Michalec - OTL Faculty Fellow
Tia Quinlan-Wilder - Faculty Scholar of Assessment
Lina Reznicek-Parrado - Peer Teaching Mentor Leader
Laura Sponsler - Faculty Scholar of Teaching and Professional Faculty

Learn more about our partners, along with the rest of our OTL team, on our OTL Staff Page.
Professors at Play Virtual Playposium: Friday, November 6

Featured Speaker: Roberto Corrada, Sturm College of Law

Come together with colleagues to share ideas, build community, and inspire research into the transformational power of fun and play in higher education. This is more than just your run-of-the-mill gamification or classroom icebreakers. This event is about how play can ignite community in your classroom, build trust, encourage vulnerability, and stoke the fires of creativity, curiosity and imagination that make learning come alive.

DU's own Roberto Corrada is the featured speaker at the virtual Playposium. He brings a special creativity to his law class through “whole course indeterminate simulations”. Notably, he has taught his administrative law class through the lens of Jurassic Park, challenging students to work through the regulatory strategy for extinct animal parks! Combining open simulations with roleplaying has unlocked a unique learning environment in the legal learning landscape.

This Playposium is completely free! For more information and to register, please visit the Playposium website. We look forward to learning and playing together!
Canvas Coaching Weekly Series: Mid-Quarter Student Surveys

Tuesday, October 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Congratulations, you have made it halfway through the Fall term! 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.

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.
Upcoming Faculty Learning Communities

Teaching and Professional Faculty Tools for Success
Next Session: Friday, October 30, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Tools for Success is a year-long FLC designed for teaching and professional faculty in the assistant rank at the University of Denver. The FLC will explore areas essential to the success of teaching faculty including community building, effective instruction, wellness, DU culture, promotion, national trends, inclusive excellence, and university resources. The monthly sessions in the fall will focus on community building and navigating transitions. The bi-weekly winter sessions are organized around the book (Inclusive Collegiality and Nontenure-Track Faculty: Engaging All Faculty as Colleagues to Promote Healthy Departments and Institutions) and learnings important to advancement, promotion, and university culture. In the spring quarter, the bi-weekly sessions will focus on the scholar/teacher model of excellence. We will form a Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SOTL) group with the intent of writing about and publishing on our experiences as teaching and professional faculty in higher education.

Led by Laura Sponsler, OTL Faculty Scholar of Teaching and Professional Faculty

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Next Session: Friday, November 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Come join a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on the topic of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). SoTL is an emerging field of study focusing on the reciprocal relationship between teaching and learning to develop best pedagogical practices. If you are innovating in the classroom during these COVID times and want to share your successes and failures while learning from others, this is the FLC for you. We’ll spend this hour in open-discussion around SoTL topics of interest. 

Led by Michael Caston, OTL Faculty Fellow of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
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

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 this month, keep your eye out for future sessions.

Canvas Coaching: Using Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor
Thursday, October 29, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

This week is designed to provide additional support with activating Respondus in your course and learning about additional resources available to you. We will also have faculty join this session that have been using Respondus and are able to share their experiences as well.

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.