Office of Teaching and Learning Newsletter
Spring 2016
Teaching and Learning Week 
During Teaching and Learning week, we hosted many exciting events that explored how we teach for impact.  Don't forget to visit our Teaching and Learning Week webpage to access the resources shared during our different sessions.  

Throughout the week, students posted to an online message board (created with the web-based Padlet tool) about experiences in a course that had a positive and/or memorable impact on learning.  Visit our OTL Padlet to read the many wonderful comments that students shared.

Two New Teaching Resources for the DU Faculty! 
20-Minute Mentor
The OTL now has a campus subscription to the 20-Minute Mentor Commons through Magna Publications, an on-demand collection of 20-Minute programs, covering a broad range of faculty development topics. 

To access this resource, go to the Magna site license page, fill out the form and enter our DU group Authorization Code: DU1759.

Teaching Professor Newsletter
In addition, the OTL now has a campus subscription to the Teaching Professor Newsletter, an 8-page document published 10 times per year with articles containing ideas and inspiration about current teaching issues. If you'd like to join a list to receive copies of electronic newsletters as they are published, send 
an email to

OTL Contacts

OTL Helpdesk

Academic Technology
Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson
DU VideoManager
Alex Martinez

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

Adobe Connect
Adobe Creativity Software
Joseph Labrecque

Instructional Multimedia Development
Rich Path
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

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)


Program Assessment

Funding Opportunities

One-New-Thing Grants

Susan Zvacek

A New CourseMedia Experience is on the Horizon

Over the past year or so, the Office of Teaching and Learning has been hard at work developing an entirely new version of the CourseMedia system to work alongside current solutions and services like mobile devices and the Canvas learning management system. We've taken the core of the CourseMedia experience and have streamlined search and organization to make it easy for newcomers to use the system, while retaining the tried and true experience that faculty have come to rely upon within the core system. In fact, all of your current content will be migrated into the new system at launch.
One of the major changes in the new CourseMedia system is the tight integration with Canvas. All course and student data is now managed through Canvas as the university LMS. This standardizes policies and procedures for course access and addresses possible copyright issues through the tight integration of CourseMedia content with the course structure. Groups of galleries, single galleries, and even unique media items can be shared with students as standalone pieces of content or integrated into the Canvas system alongside quizzes, discussions, and everything else Canvas has to offer.
Searching for cataloged content has become much more robust and streamlined thanks to tight integration with university library systems. Additionally, the new system is completely responsive and able to be viewed on any desktop or mobile device. Even streaming video is playable through native iOS and Android operating systems with the continued ability to stream across desktop browsers as well.
We will be sharing more information around the new system as the release approaches. If you have any questions or are interested in seeing and testing the new CourseMedia, please contact us to set up an appointment.
Turnitin Updates 
For those using Canvas, there will be a change to the procedures to use TurnItIn, the software tool used to verify student's written work is original. 
Beginning in the Interterm, Summer and Fall 2016 terms, any assignments using TurnItIn will need to be configured or re-configured as an External Tool within Canvas.  This includes newly created assignments as well as ones that were copied into the course from previous terms. 
Starting May 10th, instructors can use this link for instructions on how to create or reconfigure TurnItIn assignments for Interterm, Summer and Fall courses.
Additionally, the previous implementation of TurnItIn will be disabled on June 4th. Student papers in Spring 2016 and earlier courses will still show the Originality Score, but the detailed report from TurnItIn that illustrates the content matches will no longer be available. Instructors are asked to download an offline copy of the report before June 4th if there will be a concern about a student's submitted work.
Please contact the Office of Teaching and Learning
for additional information or assistance in configuring your assignments.

If you teach for University College and need assistance, please contact your Instructional Support Specialist. 
One New Thing

OTL's mini-grants program, OneNewThing, is designed to help you explore ways to make your classes even better - one strategy, tool, or activity at a time.  Recently, Debbie Mitchell completed her OneNewThing project on engaging students through a flipped classroom. She presented her project at a Faculty Showcase on September 23. Read more about Debbie's project and discover resources for flipping your classroom on our  OTL Blog post.

If you're interested in submitting a proposal for a One New Thing mini-grant, visit our One New Thing web page for guidelines and to submit the proposal form.  The due date to submit a proposal for summer quarter is Monday, May 16.  
Multimedia Development Services  

If you're looking for someone to help you create engaging, interactive multimedia content to use in your courses, OTL is here for you! We can assist faculty with the planning, design, development and production of a variety of content that will support your instructional goals and enhance student learning in your online, hybrid or face-to-face teaching. Items that we can help produce include interactive case studies, scenarios or study guides, simulations & games, "explorable explanations", videos, podcasts & audio programs, data visualizations and animations. More details and examples of content types are available at, or contact Rich Path for further information - or 871-3659.
New Position at OTL

OTL will soon initiate a search for a new staff member! This individual will work with faculty members on issues related to inclusive teaching and course design across a spectrum of diversity -- from cultural or racial identities to physical  ability/disability to gender identity, just as a few examples.  If you've wanted to learn more about inclusive teaching practices but weren't sure where to start, we'll have someone coming on board who can help.  Watch for more information as we move forward!
Faculty Showcase 
Join us for the last Faculty Showcase for 2015-16!
Team Based Learning
Matt Gordon, Engineering
Team Based Learning (TBL) has been shown to be an effective strategy to engage students and improve learning. TBL includes both accountability for individuals and the benefits of working in a team. A sample lecture, using TBL, will be given to demonstrate how it works allowing individual instructors to decide if TBL is right for them.
Wed,May 4, 12:00-1:00 pm, OTL Conference Room (AAC 345) Register

Did you miss a recent faculty showcase? Take a look at our Faculty Showcase page for recaps and resources.
TurningPoint Webinars

Are you interested in using the TurningPoint clicker or mobile phone app in your classroom? Join a vendor-led webinar on how you can use these tools in your class and also integrate the student's results into Canvas if desired.
(h)Appy Hours

Please join us for the next (h)Appy Hour with the Office of Teaching and Learning on Thursday, April 21st from 3:30-4:30pm. (h)Appy Hour is a new, informal gathering intended to provide a space where DU faculty, staff, and students can mingle while discovering new ideas for incorporating web, tablet, and mobile applications into the learning experience.

During this (h)Appy Hour we will explore and brainstorm new ways for using Powtoon (an online animated presentation/video program), and Picmonkey (a web-based photo editing tool). Come as you are and enjoy a truly informal celebration and exploration of ideas. For additional information view the full OTL 
blog post or Register Now!

Advanced Canvas: Assignment & Grading Strategies 

Join us for our next Canvas workshop, Advanced Canvas: Assignment & Grading Strategies. 

Fri, April 22, 9:00 - 10:30 am
Documenting your teaching practice

The OTL is offering a series of workshops this Spring to help faculty members document their teaching practice.

Telling Your Teaching Story: Documenting Evidence of Good Teaching 
As DU faculty members are increasingly rewarded based on their teaching, we need additional methods of illustrating and explaining our instructional practices. This session is designed to provide the time and space for participants to develop, and perhaps even finish, a teaching reflection piece. 
Tues, April 26, 10:00am-12:00 pm, OTL Conference Room (AAC 345) Register

Creating a Teaching Portfolio 
Interested in creating a Teaching Portfolio to document and showcase your teaching practice? Schedule an individual session with OTL staff members who can provide examples and support you through the process. Contact or to schedule an individual consultation. 

Writing (or Rewriting) a Statement of Teaching Philosophy 
Did you miss these workshops? Visit our website for resources and guidelines to help you  write a teaching philosophy statement.

Alternative Methods for Rewarding Teaching: Morgridge College of Education
In this session, Norma Hafenstein, part of MCE's Faculty Executive Committee, will share the model, rubrics and processes used, as well as preliminary feedback from pilot results from The Morgridge College of Education's pilot model for evaluating teaching. 
Wed, April 27, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, OTL Conference Room (AAC 345) Register.

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