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    CTL eNews                                                Spring 2013
In This Issue
Inclusive Teaching Series
Faculty/Staff Professional Development Calendar
Blackboard, New Interface
iPad "un"Common Hour
Blended Learning Course Transformation
ePortfolio Support
Collaborate Pilot
eMerge Conference
Save the Date! April 23
Save the Date! May 23
From the Director
Welcome back!  We hope you had a restful break and are re-energized for the final months of the school year.  This April, CTL is sponsoring two series of events--a new Inclusive Teaching Series, and a set of sessions to introduce you to a new Blackboard interface.

In this newsletter, you'll find more information on these and other events and programs. And we are unveiling an exciting new calendar that will help you keep track of all the professional development opportunities on campus. 

Happy spring! 
Inclusive Teaching Series

Dear Colleagues,

During my first six months at Otterbein, one of the most frequent types of questions I hear from faculty are about ways to be effective teachers with different groups of students, e.g., students with disabilities, students for whom English is not their first language, etc. These questions show me how much Otterbein faculty care about being an inclusive and welcoming place to learn, but they also gave us the idea for a new series at CTL.  read more and to register here 


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Faculty/Staff Professional Development Calendar
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Faculty Staff Professional Development Calendar
Check out what is new... 

Otterbein University is pleased to announce a new joint calendar that will include professional development events for faculty, administrators and staff.  Click here to listen to the video tutorial giving directions on how to add this calendar to your Google calendar.

Questions about the calendar or if you have events you want to add, contact ctl@otterbein.edu
Blackboard  New Interface Scheduled
Faculty, students and staff,

We are happy to announce that Otterbein is upgrading our current Blackboard Service Pack to the newest version in order to take advantage of new features, as well as increased security for your protection. This change will occur on May 23rd and although all of your course shells, files and attachments will be right where you left them, there are a few interface changes.  In order to ensure you are up to speed, the Center for Teaching and Learning will be coordinating training workshops on April 16th, April 18th, and April 24th.  


2nd Annual iPad "un"Common Hour: We Have an App for That!
Wednesday, April 10, 3:30 pm, Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall

The CTL iPad PLC presents the 2nd annual . . .


UnCommon Hour: We Have an App for That


Otterbein faculty, staff, and students!

Come participate in an interactive session to explore the iPad . . .

    * for teaching, learning, and more

    * as a catalyst and a tool for working and thinking in new ways

    * for working, playing, and interacting in new ways

    * as a way to go paperless


Refreshments will be served

Win a gift certificate for iTunes

Blended Learning Course Transformation Institute
Call for Proposals- coming soon!  

Join your colleagues as you discover ways to transform your courses using blended approaches. Watch your email for more details.

 January mini grant recipients
ePortfolio Support
ePortfolioSupport is now available for ePortfolios in the library. Click here for availability.

Collaborate Pilot Participants
 Blackboard Collaborate
Otterbein colleagues will be working with the CTL exploring ways to incorporate Virtual Classroom tools in their courses.
Pilot participants

eMerge Conference- What we learned!
eMerge Conference
On Wednesday, March 13, the CTL staff, Jeff Smith and Kimberlee Goodman attended the 2013 eMerge Conference on New Directions for Blended Learning. For more information and to see a very happy Jeff Smith win the grand prize, (photo on slideshow) go to the eMerge conference blog.
SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, April 23, Peter Felten, Elon University
SoTL image
FSDC sponsored event:
Tuesday, April 23

Peter Felten will speak on the topics of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and scholarship in a liberal arts setting.

Peter Felten, Ph.D. is assistant provost, director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and professor of history at Elon University. He has published widely on engaged learning and the scholarship of teaching and learning, and is co-author of a new book on faculty peer mentoring.  This year he is the co-chair of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) conference.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 23, David Green, University of Seattle
Academic Affairs sponsored event
Thursday, May 23

David Green will be joining us as we celebrate our teaching.  He is the author of "Understanding Undergraduates." Watch emails for more information.

Center for Teaching and Learning
Otterbein University
Free book drawing
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When you like us on Facebook, your name will be placed in a drawing for a "free" book from our special book selection.  Good Luck!  


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