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Clickers in large classes: Dynamic learning and live assessment

Wednesday, Jan. 18, noon-1 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
(Jan. 10, 2017) Peer instruction devices (clickers) are a great tool to engage large classrooms providing live feedback on the understanding of discussed topics. This faculty showcase will focus on the use of clicker devices as a way of immediate assessment that allows the instructor to identify the concepts that are clear to the students, as well as detecting more challenging concepts and ideas that may need more attention. Based on the results of a One New Thing mini-grant from the Office of Teaching and Learning, Erika Trigoso Rubio will share the improvement of clicker questions in two large core curriculum classes. The showcase will focus on the transition between static and descriptive clicker questions to more dynamic and active inquiries that help engage a large number of students. Please register

Patent Basics

Thursday, Jan. 19, noon-1 p.m.—Engineering and Computer Science Building, room 410
(Jan. 3, 2017) Join the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer for this lunch-and-learn workshop on the basics of patents, to educate faculty about the patent application process. RSVP to by Jan. 16.

otl open lab hours before winter quarter

Monday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-noon—OTL conference room (AAC 345)
(Dec. 13, 2016) The Office of Teaching and Learning staff will be holding open lab/office hours to provide hands-on assistance to faculty and staff with Canvas, the University's Learning Management system, as well as other tools supported by the Office of Teaching and Learning such as Adobe Connect, TechSmith Relay, DU Portfolio and classroom clickers. Register and get more information

canvas basics webinar

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1-2:30 p.m.—online
(Nov. 22, 2016) This workshop is an introduction to Canvas for new users. Topics in this session will include general navigation of the Canvas interface, content creation and organization, notifications and communication, and assignments (including quizzes, graded discussions, papers). The last 30 minutes will be dedicated to Q&A. Facilitated by Ben Johnson, Office of Teaching and Learning. Register and get more information

Advanced Canvas: Assignments and Grading Strategies

Thursday, Dec. 8, 10-11:30 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
(Nov. 22, 2016) This workshop will cover creating course-level assessments, feedback strategies and using Canvas to make it all easier. Topics in this session will include: assignment creation, rubrics, the Canvas SpeedGrader and Canvas Gradebook. We'll have additional time for questions and a chance to set up one-on-one meetings with OTL staff for assistance on any remaining advanced scenarios. Register and get more information

Recognizing, Assessing and Addressing Implicit Bias in the College Classroom

Thursday, Nov. 17, noon-1:30 p.m.—Daniels College of Business, room 105
(Nov. 15, 2016) Join the Office of Teaching and Learning and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the third speaker in a series of talks about creating inclusive classrooms. This session will be presented by Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, the OTL's new assistant director for inclusive teaching practices. Participants will explore implicit bias and work through case studies to identify strategies for recognizing and responding to bias in classroom situations. Register and get more information

Canvas and Office365 for Teaching

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9:30-11 a.m.—Herold Research Room (AAC room 275)
(Nov. 15, 2016) Curious about how you can use our online Office365 products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote with your teaching? Want to find a better way to have students author a shared document using their DU credentials instead of Google? Would you like to make edits to a document in a single place and have it show up in multiple Canvas courses? This workshop will demonstrate options for sharing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and other applications with DU and the public; adding a link in Canvas to a shared document; editing shared documents, and more. Register and get more information

Inclusive Excellence for Teaching and Learning

Monday, Dec. 5, 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room
(Nov. 15, 2016) Topics will include addressing those unanticipated "teachable moments" that may occur during classroom discussions, working with international students, helping students work in small groups with a diverse range of classmates, and evaluating your syllabus from an IE perspective–just as a few examples. If you've ever said, "I know that inclusion and creating a welcoming learning environment are important, but how do I do that?" this workshop is for you. Marybeth Gasman (University of Pennsylvania) will be our keynote speaker on Dec. 5. Register for Dec. 5; Register for Dec. 13

Faculty Showcase: Incorporating Tableau in the Business Forecasting and Visualization Curriculum

Thursday, Nov. 10, 1-2 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
(Nov. 1, 2016) Tableau is a trendy and powerful software tool for business forecasting and visualization. In this showcase, Karen Xie will discuss how Tableau is transforming the way students learn visualization and forecasting in her data analytics courses. Xie will also discuss her well-received data analytics course projects of using Tableau and other tools such as STATA and Excel to tell stories with business data and to conduct purposeful analytics presentations. This project was supported by a "One New Thing" mini-grant. Register

How Research on Learning Can Inform our Teaching

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2-3:30 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC 345)
(Oct. 18, 2016) In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss some key research-based perspectives on how people learn that can be used as "tools to think with" when it comes to designing and facilitating learning experiences for our students. An initial 30-minute presentation on these research-based perspectives will be followed by an opportunity for faculty to reflect upon and discuss the ways in which these perspectives might apply to their own work with students. Register


Friday, Oct. 14, 10-11:30 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
(Oct. 11, 2016) Do you know what to do if a student displays concerning behavior? Are you interested in discussing different strategies for classroom management? This workshop will explore some general classroom management strategies and advice for dealing with students of concern in the classroom through an overview of DU policies and participation in case study examples. Facilitated by Jacaranda Palmateer, director of counseling services. Register

OUCampus web editing workshops

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon—UTS Building room 102 (2100 S. High St.)
(Oct. 11, 2016) UTS is offering a web editing workshop for people who maintain DU webpages with OUCampus. This workshop is great if you are new to OU, or if you just need a refresher. Bring your specific questions! To register, log in to PioneerWeb. From the Employee tab, look for the Training heading and select Desktop Applications. Contact with questions.

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments Speaker Series: Radical Honesty and Emotional Wellness in the Classroom

Thursday, Oct. 20, noon-1:30 p.m.—The Loft (AAC room 340)
(Oct. 11, 2016) Stemming from Black Feminist Anthropology and Africana studies teachings, "radical honesty" is a pedagogical practice that encourages students and professors to utilize truth-telling, counter-narratives, and critical reflection as tools for understanding how systems of oppression influence emotional wellness. In particular, this pedagogical method is useful for working through the shame that often emerges as experiences of racism and sexism are discussed in academic spaces. More information and to register

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

Monday, Oct. 24, 2-3:30 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC 345)
(Oct. 11, 2016) Have you written a teaching philosophy yet, or do you have one that could use some fresh thinking and renewed attention? A statement of teaching philosophy is a simple document that represents a complex set of beliefs about teaching. The statement reflects how a teacher's personal ideas and values impact their interactions with students and the way they teach. In this session, participants will explore their own values and attitudes towards teaching, construct some language around how to represent their teaching beliefs, and use a rubric to evaluate the essential aspects of a teaching philosophy statement. Bring your statement of teaching philosophy if you have one.

Faculty Showcase series

(Sept. 13, 2016) Please join the Office of Teaching & Learning for the upcoming Faculty Showcase sessions designed to share best practices in teaching among the DU faculty. Nancy Sasaki will kick-off the series on Sept. 21 to talk about Peer Learning Opportunities in the Classroom. The following week, Bruce Uhrmacher and Paula Adamo will share strategies for Turning Ordinary Classrooms into the Extraordinary. Visit the Faculty Showcase Series web page for more details and to register!

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Group continues in 2016-17

Kick-off and info session: Monday, Sept. 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
(Sept. 13, 2016) The SoTL learning community is dedicated to helping faculty members develop and implement SoTL research projects suitable for presentation or publication. Faculty members do not need an initial research idea to join the group, and modest compensation is available for those who complete a SoTL project. Interested in joining or just learning more about SoTL? Register for our kick-off session to learn more and hear about some recent projects developed by DU faculty.

Faculty Learning Community focused on teaching international students

Once a month on Thursdays in the fall, noon-1 p.m.—OTL conference room
(Sept. 13, 2016) The OTL continues to offer Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) as a way to discuss and reflect on your teaching in collaboration with other faculty members across campus. This new Faculty Learning Community will explore ideas and best practices for teaching in internationally-diverse classrooms and maximizing international student contributions to the curriculum. The FLC is offered in collaboration with the English Language Center, the Writing Center, and the Office of Teaching and Learning. Sign up for the first meeting on Sept. 22.