Teaching During Election Season

While we continue our hard work to provide valuable learning experiences to our students, we must also acknowledge what is happening in the world outside of our classrooms. The presidential election is next week and may or may not be on your radar for addressing in the classroom. If you are wondering how to navigate the “day after” (or days after, in the case of an uncertain outcome) and students who may be either celebrating or mourning, Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning, has curated resources to help navigate this situation.

The OTL has also produced resources regarding setting up classroom norms and community agreements. Now might be a good time to revisit those (if you have them) and get out in front of challenging conversations. Attempting to moderate a “hot” discussion without pre-planning can cause more harm. See Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave and colleagues’ new blog about approaching difficult discussions and revisiting classroom norms - Ensuring Collegiality and Civility: A Classroom Management Quick Guide.
Faculty Experience Survey

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Office of Teaching and Learning, and IT Campus Partnerships worked in collaboration to create the faculty experience survey. We are interested in learning more about your experience during fall 2020, and this knowledge will help us plan our programming around your needs. If you haven't already responded, we would appreciate your participation by Friday, October 30. In the meantime, please reach out to the OTL, visit our resources, and take some time to breathe as we all prepare for the weeks and months ahead.
How to Write a Winning Book Proposal

Friday, December 4, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

For many academics, a book manuscript is key to earning tenure and establishing a scholarly identity. However, the path to academic book publishing can often be confusing, nebulous, and filled with scary myths and misperceptions. You may have a completed dissertation, a few rough book chapters, or even journal articles you’d like to transform into a coherent book project but you don’t know where to start to get your unfinished project into print. 
The first, and most important, step to getting your academic manuscript published is crafting a compelling book proposal. This workshop will address many common questions about the book proposal process including (but not limited to): 
  • When should I start writing the proposal? 
  • What is the best way for me to contact an editor? 
  • How do I pick the best press for my project? 
  • And, importantly, what does a “winning” book proposal look like and how do I write one? 
Each participant will leave the workshop with a working draft of the book proposal, a concrete plan to complete it within 4 weeks of the workshop date, and a post-proposal publication plan that will focus on how to query editors, writing the cover letter, etc. 
Facilitated by:
Badia Ahad, PhD
Associate Professor & Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Loyola University
Inclusivity, Accessibility, and UDL Webinar next week

Monday, November 2, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

During this webinar, we will discuss best practices for providing an inclusive learning environment, how to incorporate UDL in course design, working with students with accommodations from Disability Services Program (DSP), as well as how to navigate through COVID-19 related accommodations. In addition, participants will be provided with the opportunity to sign-up for additional consultation support with an OTL staff member.

We will also have a guest speaker from Disability Services Program (DSP), Ellen Hogan, Accommodations Specialist & Assistive Technology Specialist.

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.
Using Zoom for Student Presentations

Tuesday, November 3, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday, November 6, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Considering incorporating student presentations into your final weeks? This workshop will help you consider your options for setting up student video presentations using ZOOM, Canvas, and Kaltura.

The sessions will cover:
  • Student instructions
  • Canvas assignment options
  • ZOOM recording tips
  • Kaltura Media Gallery for sharing video

Each session will provide the same information, and please use the link above to register for your preferred session. We look forward to learning with you!
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
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!
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.