Support For Faculty & Staff

High-quality, high-touch and high-impact teaching and learning is a DU hallmark. Navigating Spring 2020’s pivot to remote courses called for creative, nimble and timely responses from faculty and DU instructional support offices, including the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) and IT, among others. As DU moves through its return to campus plans, these practices are being rolled out to support teaching and learning in the four 2020-21 course modalities (in-person, hybrid, hyflex and online), with the goal of providing students with high-quality learning experiences–including those that center on diversity, equity and inclusion in curriculum and course design.

  • Training for Classroom Assistants for hyflex and large online courses

    Classroom Assistants are funded, hired and supervised at the unit level. The OTL, in collaboration with IT Campus Partnerships provided training for 90 individuals (students and faculty/staff who supervise them) identified to serve as CAs. The CAs attended class meetings, monitored online class activities, brought student questions/contributions to the instructor's attention and were available as an extra resource in the event of technological or other issues.

  • Peer Teaching Mentors

    Dr. Lina Reznicek-Parrado was hired as the Peer Teaching Mentor Leader to coordinate a group of faculty, recruited from across the University, to serve as peer experts in one or more teaching strategies, techniques or situations. This group receives a stipend to supplement OTL instructional support by providing expertise more closely tied to particular subject areas or disciplinary perspectives. Peer Teaching Mentors are available for individual consultations or short workshops/seminars each quarter.

  • Enhanced Teaching Materials Production (IT Campus Partnerships)

    Through the use of funding for Instructor Support, IT provided approximately 32 camera kits for faculty use in the fall quarter. These kits contained cameras, microphones and lighting equipment for individuals to create quality video for their courses. In the fall quarter, there were over 75 personal instruction sessions that aided in the pre and post production of video, and in addition to the thousands of views of our pre-recorded video instructions. For the winter quarter, there are approximately 25 more kits being acquired as well as document cameras which we have found to help with the visualization of images and real time demonstrations or annotations.   

  • Instructional Design Support

    The OTL hired a team of 5 instructional designers who have conducted 51 course reviews, provided 150 1:1 consultations (Sept 2020-Dec. 15, 2020), and are now paired with partner units to provide tailored instructional design support. The ID team has been instrumental in providing additional course-level Canvas support and designing an advanced Canvas/online teaching asynchronous course. 

  • Faculty Stipends

    Institutional funding supported stipends for faculty who completed our Teaching Online short course and Hyflex Design Institute during the summer. Additional sections of these courses were offered in fall and during the winter break. 

  • Faculty-led programming

    Honoraria were provided to faculty to lead additional seminars and workshops on specialized content. For example, Steven Hick, who has taught in a hyflex setting for years led a program about that modality. Dr. Jared Del Rosso led a summer reading group on the book Small Teaching Online

  • Partners in Pedagogy and Foundations of Teaching and Learning Course

    We developed on online training program for graduate students to be more effective teaching assistants, Foundations of Teaching and Learning, open to all students and completed by 113 graduate students across campus. A small group of graduate students were hired to participate in a pilot Partners in Pedagogy Program in which they engaged with a learning community of graduate students, the director of inclusive teaching and a faculty fellow to provide more specialized pedagogical support to the 10 faculty they were paired with. Dr. Keith Gehring is serving as the Faculty Fellow of the Partners in Pedagogy program. 

The Office of Teaching and Learning

Troubled times demand expert teaching. Confronting not only a pandemic but social, economic, ethical and personal challenges, DU's students can expect the best possible learning experiences. DU faculty can expect the help they need for teaching innovations in new environments. In spring 2020, faculty across campus responded heroically to the demands of online teaching and students rose to meet new challenges. For 2020-21 academic term, the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is focusing on helping instructors and students leverage skills acquired in the Spring to transition back from emergency remote learning and to strengthen teaching across modalities to support DU’s standard of high-quality, high-touch and high-impact learning experiences.  

Key elements of OTL’s Spring 2020 activities will carry forward, including its one-on-one faculty consultations with OTL staff, peer-to-peer support from faculty partners and instructional design guidance from DU’s University College. OTL will also continue working with associate deans to identify and support unit-level needs. It will also continue offering workshops, short courses, webinars and other teaching development sessions, as well as supporting its teaching blogs, online teaching glossary and the DU teaching toolkit. In July 2020, OTL launched its Inclusive Teaching Practices website, designed to support instructors in creating dynamic courses, removing barriers to learning and dismantling oppressive practices by implementing inclusive pedagogies.

As suggested by the Fall Logistics Task Force, included below are initiatives that will support innovative, effective teaching that will continue DU’s commitment to high-quality student learning for fall 2020 and beyond. The resources listed below are open to ALL faculty, including adjunct, teaching-line, tenure-line and graduate instructors.

Classroom Tech Support

Troubled times demand expert teaching. Confronting not only a pandemic but social, economic, ethical and personal challenges, DU's students can expect the best possible learning experiences. DU faculty can expect the help they need for teaching innovations in new environments. In spring 2020, faculty across campus responded heroically to the demands of online teaching and students rose to meet new challenges. For 2020-21 academic term, the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is focusing on helping instructors and students leverage skills acquired in the Spring to transition back from emergency remote learning and to strengthen teaching across modalities to support DU’s standard of high-quality, high-touch and high-impact learning experiences.  

Key elements of OTL’s Spring 2020 activities will carry forward, including its one-on-one faculty consultations with OTL staff, peer-to-peer support from faculty partners and instructional design guidance from DU’s University College. OTL will also continue working with associate deans to identify and support unit-level needs. It will also continue offering workshops, short courses, webinars and other teaching development sessions, as well as supporting its teaching blogs, online teaching glossary and the DU teaching toolkit. In July 2020, OTL launched its Inclusive Teaching Practices website, designed to support instructors in creating dynamic courses, removing barriers to learning and dismantling oppressive practices by implementing inclusive pedagogies.

As suggested by the Fall Logistics Task Force, included below are initiatives that will support innovative, effective teaching that will continue DU’s commitment to high-quality student learning for fall 2020 and beyond. The resources listed below are open to ALL faculty, including adjunct, teaching-line, tenure-line and graduate instructors.