Office of Teaching and Learning Newsletter November 2015
New Canvas Tool

The NBCLearn Video Library contains over 10,000 videos dating back to the beginning of NBC's broadcast history.  You can now embed these videos directly to your Canvas course using the NBCLearn Canvas tool available in the text editing toolbar. 
These videos include transcripts and English captioning, plus citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago Style formats. See more information in our knowledge base article.
Champions of Change Nominations

You may now submit nominations for the Champions of Change awards. Each year at the summit, the Center for Multicultural Excellence and the Diversity Summit Committee recognize individuals from across campus who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and contribute to advancing the tenants of Inclusive Excellence at DU. Review the criteria and submit your nominations

Lead a Workshop

Interested in leading a workshop of interest to both faculty AND staff here at DU? Topics might include leadership strategies, communication skills, time management, or other areas of general interest. Contact Greg Giesen, Manager of Employee Development, at or call 303-871-3307."

OTL Contacts

OTL Helpdesk

Academic Technology
Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson
DU VideoManager
Alex Martinez
Ben Johnson

DU Portfolio 
Clickers (Student-Response Systems)
Ben Johnson
Lecture Capture
Ben Johnson

Adobe Connect
Adobe Creativity Software
Joseph Labrecque
Streaming Technologies

Mobile and Desktop Software Projects
Joseph Labrecque

UTS Help Desk

Teaching Resources

Bridget Arend
Kathy Keairns
Teaching Resources and Consultations
Bridget Arend
Virginia Pitts
Online Teaching
Kathy Keairns

Hybrid Teaching

Virginia Pitts

Quality Matters 
Kathy Keairns

Instructional Design
Terri Johnson
Heather Tobin

Funding Opportunities

One-New-Thing Grants

Susan Zvacek
Mark your Calendars!

The OTL's Second Annual 

The OTL will be hosting Teaching and Learning Week during the second week of February. We hope you can join us for some of the following events.

Tues, Feb. 9: "Unconference" and Technology Fair

Our Unconference program will be driven by topics proposed by faculty members for brief presentations and round-table discussions. Stop by for practical, try-this-out-tomorrow ideas!

Share your passion and your predicaments with like-minded folks. Complete the (amazingly brief) registration form to propose a topics for the Unconference!

Wed, Feb. 10: Keynote and Workshops

Special guest L Dee Fink author of Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses, will host two workshops and provide a keynote address over lunch.

Thurs, Feb. 11: Teaching for Impact at DU

How are DU instructors currently teaching for broader impact? Attend one of our faculty panels to see short presentations of specific strategies, followed by in-depth discussion and an opportunity to share and consider how you might apply these ideas in your own classroom. 

The program will be finalized in January. Additional information can be found on the OTL website

Two new faces at the OTL    
The Office of Teaching and Learning is excited to introduce you to two new staff members available to support your teaching efforts.

As the OTL's new Multimedia Developer, Rich is available to consult and collaborate with faculty and staff on the design, development, and production of instructional multimedia content for online delivery. Items that Rich can help create for your courses include interactive case studies, animations, simulations and lecture presentations, as well as video, audio, mini-games, and other custom learning objects. 
Before joining the OTL team, Rich developed online courses at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. If you have an idea that you'd like to explore for creating custom instructional content, contact Rich at x1-3659 or

Ben is our new instructional technologist and will be responsible for Canvas training and support. Ben has worked for the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado-Denver as an audiovisual technology manager and instructional technology specialist. He is a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) member of InfoComm International. 

Ben also provides training and support for TechSmith Relay, Adobe Connect, and other academic technologies. You can reach Ben at x1-7882 or via email at
December Assessment Workshops

Do you have time between quarters for some professional development? December assessment workshops are now open for registration!  Workshops are open to faculty, professional staff and graduate students. Find out more or register today!
Coming Soon: New Canvas User Interface  
Canvas recently updated the dashboard and global navigation menu. The new interface was designed to make Canvas easier to navigate.
Get a sneak peek at the new layout.

DU will launch this new interface on December 17th in preparation for the Winter Term.
Peer Visit Program continues in Winter!   
The OTL just celebrated the successful pilot of our Peer Classroom Visit Program with over 30 faculty members participating this fall! 

The program is designed to provide a mutually-supportive opportunity for self-reflection and sharing of good practice. The program will continue in future quarters for those who would like to observe other classrooms and informally discuss their teaching practice. 

Interested? Learn more about the program and sign up by January 7th for Winter quarter! 
(h)Appy Hours!
Join us for a collaborative exploration of apps that promote learning! Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.
This re-occurring event will take place on the third Thursday of every month in the OTL conference room (AAC 345). The next (h)Appy Hour is scheduled for Thursday, January 21st.  
Did you miss a Faculty Showcase?

This fall the Office of Teaching and Learning began a new workshop series - the Faculty Showcase.

If you missed one of our showcases, you can still read about them and contact the presenters to discuss in more detail.
  • Cultivating Community in Online Classes (Jae McQueen & Stephanie Begun, Graduate School of Social Work)
  • Enhancing Intercultural Communication Skills through Negotiations (Phoenix Cai, Sturm College of Law)
  • Active Learning Strategies for Large Classes (Julie Morris, Dept of Biology)
  • Engaging Students through a "Flipped" Classroom (Debbie Mitchell, Dept of Chemistry)

Stay tuned for more Faculty Showcases in 2016!