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We have scheduled many workshops in the early fall to help you get your Canvas course(s) ready for fall. Join in to help jump start your course and use the most efficient techniques!

Canvas Basics

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 and an open lab session for you to start building your Canvas courses. If you wish to participate, please bring course documents and/or syllabi on a USB drive or bring your laptop. Facilitated by: Terri Johnson, Office of Teaching and Learning

Thursday, August 20, 2:00-3:30 pm  
Anderson Academic Commons 275 (Herold Research Instruction Room)

Monday, August 24, 1:00-2:30 pm  Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 275 (Herold Research Instruction Room)

Tuesday, August 25, 9:00-10:30 am   Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 275 (Herold Research Instruction Room)

Wednesday, September 2, 1:00-2:30 pm   Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 275 (Herold Research Instruction Room)

Thursday, September 3, 9:00-10:30 am   Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 275 (Herold Research Instruction Room)

Tuesday, September 8, 1:00-2:30 pm   Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 345 (OTL Conference Room)

Wednesday, September 9, 11:00 am-12:30 pm   Register here
Online via Adobe Connect:


Canvas Open Lab:

Wednesday, August 19, 12:00-3:00 pm
Anderson Academic Commons 345 (OTL Conference Room)

Friday, August 28, 9:00 am-12:00 pm Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 345 (OTL Conference Room)

Monday, August 31, 12:00 – 3:00 pm Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 345 (OTL Conference Room)

Thursday, September 10, 12:00 – 3:00 pm Register here
Anderson Academic Commons 345 (OTL Conference Room)

November 3, 2014 – November 3, 2014

Upper Floor of Anderson Academic Commons

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Have you been meaning to work on those rubrics you need for grading, or for that signature assignment in your course? Take this opportunity to explore general guidelines and best practice for using rubrics. You will work with colleagues and get some hands-on advice for developing and implementing your rubric.

Participants should bring with them a rubric in development, or an assignment in need of a rubric.

Facilitated by: Rob Flaherty and Bridget Arend



This Fall the OTL will offer a series of “Lunch and Learn” sessions on various topics related to teaching and learning. Bring your lunch and your curiosity and join us for one or all of the sessions!

Methods for Encouraging Self-directed Learning: Assignment Wrappers

Facilitated by: Bridget Arend
Wednesday, October 8, 12:00-1:00 pm
OTL Conference Room (AAC Rm 345)
“Wrappers” are short handouts or surveys that students complete along with an assignment or exam. The wrapper focuses on the learning process rather than on the content itself. In this session we will look at a number of assignment wrapper examples and discuss methods for using them effectively. If you’ve already used wrappers in your course, please contact before the session.

Register here

How Research on Learning Can Inform Our Teaching

Facilitated by: Virginia Pitts
Wednesday, October 15, 12:00-1:00 pm
OTL Conference Room (AAC Rm 345)
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 20-minute presentation on these research-based perspectives will be followed by an opportunity for faculty to discuss how these perspectives might apply to their own work with students.

Register here

Using Canvas for Assessment

Facilitated by: Rob Flaherty & Ryan Shiba
Tuesday, October 21, 12:00-1:00 pm
OTL Conference Room (AAC Rm 345)
This workshop/roundtable event explores the tools available in the Canvas system for building program assessment into the evaluation of course assignments.  Learn how outcomes can be designated and then aggregated at the program level as part of your assessment plan.  An initial overview will be followed by a Q&A discussion that can focus on the needs of individual programs.  This initial conversation will help the Office of Teaching and Learning identify current and future needs for assistance in this area.

Register here

Assessment as Scholarship

Facilitated by: Rob Flaherty
Wednesday, October 29 12:00-1:00 pm
OTL Conference Room (AAC Rm 345)
Description:   Serious assessment projects can provide opportunities to present or publish the findings.  Come and talk about ways to translate your work in assessment into additions to your vita.  Topics may include:  Working with the IRB, where to publish or present, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Register here


Law Student Smart Board_ Student with laptopJoin us this session to learn about producing effective instructional videos and using Camtasia Studio Basics. We will showcase instructional videos done by DU faculty members. This workshop will be taught by Alex Martinez from the Office of Teaching & Learning. Main points include:

  • Strategizing video to related course assignments and/or assessment
  • Advising instructors to use conversational language in production; also encouraging them to use humor and draw on past experiences
  • Adding audio/visual elements to the video that supplement the content; the videos should not convey information that students could just read as text
  • Producing high-quality videos (despite mixed findings related to production values, elements such as professional sound, lighting, and graphics are considered important when creating high-quality media)
  • Keeping the four-minute view time as a design consideration, especially when producing longer-form content lectures that can be broken up into shorter segments


Thursday, September 11th 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: Anderson Academic Commons 275 (Research Instruction Room)
Register here

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Related Resources:

Camtasia Studio Tutorials

Camtasia Studio Video Export to DU VideoManager

Confuse Students to Help Them Learn

What makes online instructional video compelling

September 5, 2014 – September 5, 2014

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September 5, 2014


Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room (290)

Lunch Provided

It is the beginning of a new academic year, and a new process for assessment reporting.  This required workshop for academic assessment coordinators will introduce the new process and new assessment website for submission of assessment reports and plans.  Additional features of the workshop include an overview of the revised data collection software (formerly Assess-it!) as well as peer conversations about student learning, curriculum and assessment.   The workshop is open to all faculty and academic administrators, but program coordinators are expected to attend.  An alternative workshop for those with conflicts will be made available.    For more information, access the summer assessment newsletter at:



New Faculty Workshop Wrapping Up

We at the OTL are wrapping up our annual New Faculty Workshop, now in it’s third year as a summer online program. Nearly 40 new full-time faculty members have already completed the 5-week interactive online workshop, which allows faculty members to start learning about DU, important policies, and best practices in teaching before they arrive on campus.

During one of our live webinars this summer, faculty members joined in not only from across the country, but from France, Columbia, and the Netherlands. Now that classes have started, these participants get the chance to meet each other in person through a few social gatherings.

Adjunct Faculty Workshop now available!

This year the OTL also created an Adjunct Faculty Workshop, open to any part-time instructors at DU. This workshop is similar in content to the New Faculty Workshop but is self-paced to allow for maximum flexibility.

If you are new to teaching at DU this year and have not been involved in one of these workshops, please contact your program chair or Bridget Arend.

The OTL is offering two intensive workshops this summer for faculty members who plan to teach an online or hybrid course next year.  The official DU definitions for online and hybrid are:

Online/Distance: A course in which all or nearly all of the organized instruction is conducted online or by distance learning methodologies.

Combined/Hybrid: A course in which online (or other distance) instruction is combined with face to face instruction, where a substantial portion of the face to face instruction is replaced by online instruction.

The Hybrid 3-D Workshop begins on June 21st and the Teaching Online Workshop (TOW) begins on August 5th. Both workshops span several weeks, are primarily delivered online, and faculty members experience online or hybrid delivery first-hand as students. Participants in these workshops will develop their online or hybrid course as part of the workshop activities.

Hybrid 3-D Workshop Registration and Details

Teaching Online Workshop Registration and Details

Hybrid 3D Workshop

The Hybrid Course Design, Development, and Delivery (Hybrid 3D) Workshop is for faculty who will be teaching a hybrid course within the coming academic year.  The purpose of this online, self-paced workshop is to prepare participants to design, develop, and deliver hybrid courses that maximize student learning. 

This workshop can also support faculty members in designing and developing courses using the “flipped” approach.


What would I gain from the Hybrid 3D Workshop?

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify ways in which they might capitalize on the unique opportunities afforded by the hybrid approach to improve student learning in their own courses.
  • Design a peer-reviewed hybrid module(s) that incorporates face-to-face and online components in ways that will promote student learning, and that can be used as a template for designing an entire hybrid course.
  • Build a hybrid module in Canvas, based on the initial design, that guides students through module activities, and that can be used as template for building an entire hybrid course.

How is the workshop structured?

This workshop is designed to allow participants choice in how they go through it.  As such, there are three ways in which participants can engage with the workshop activities/materials; they can:

  • Go through the activities/materials in sequence, and complete and submit all of the assignments for points to receive a certificate of completion
  • Go through the activities/materials in sequence, and complete the activities as they see fit for their own learning (even getting feedback along the way), but not submit the assignments for points
  • Use the workshop materials simply for reference, but not complete the assignments.

The workshop consists of three modules:

  • In the first module, participants learn about ways in which the hybrid approach can improve student learning, and review real life examples of how others have incorporated the hybrid approach into their own teaching.   Participants start identifying ways in which they might utilize the hybrid approach to improve student learning in their own courses.
  • In the second module, participants are supported in designing at least one module/topic for their own hybrid course, getting feedback along the way, using the instructional design process sometimes referred to as “backwards design”.
  • In the third module, participants use Canvas to develop the modules/topics they designed, and create an action plan describing a strategy for incorporating the hybrid approach moving forward.

What is the time commitment?

The estimated time to complete the entire workshop is roughly 25 hours.  Participants can spread that out over how ever many weeks they choose; most participants will choose to take the workshop over a period of 4 to 6 weeks.

When is the next workshop and how can I register?

Given that this is a self-paced workshop, you can take it at any time.  However, you will get the most out of it if you take it with at least one or two other people.  If you are interested in enrolling in the workshop (on your own or with others who you know are interested), or if you would like to find out if/when there are others already others planning to take it, please contact

How can I learn more?

For more information about the workshop, please contact

The Office of Teaching and Learning offers workshops throughout the year on topics related to teaching and learning.

What workshops are offered?

The OTL offers different types of workshops:

  • How-to workshops about educational technologies such as Canvas, Adobe Connect web conferencing software and Clicker software.
  • Workshops about issues and topics related to teaching and learning at DU such as How Learning Works or Teaching International Students.
  • Targeted intensive workshops such as the Teaching Online Workshop, Teaching Hybrid Workshop, New Faculty Workshop, and Teaching@DU Faculty Workshop
  • NEW! The Faculty Showcase Series is designed to share best practice in teaching among the DU faculty and by showcasing innovative and effective teaching methods and concrete examples here at DU, while also providing a forum for the presenters to gain feedback on challenging and/or new practices.

How will these workshops benefit me?

What past participants have learned…

“Hard to just name one thing; there were lots of good ideas. Many useful tips on presentation content and delivery, great info on info processing, importance of prior knowledge, etc.”

“I liked using Canvas…especially the notifications when something had changed in “class.” The speed grader was wonderful and cut the feedback/grading time substantially.”

“Specific suggestions for how students can translate concepts to skills mastery.”

Where can I find past workshop materials?

Visit our  workshops archive page for materials, handouts and resources from past workshops.

How can I learn more?

Visit our events calendar for a list of current workshops.

View our list of workshops that the OTL can customize and offer to your department or unit.

Who to contact?

Contact Bridget Arend  if you have questions or ideas for future workshops.

Teaching@DU: A Short Course for Newly Hired Faculty

The University of Denver is committed to supporting our newly hired faculty members make an informed and smooth integration into the faculty ranks. Even if you have taught elsewhere, or have experience here at DU, we want to provide you with the most current information and resources so that you can make a strong start to your full-time teaching career.

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What is the Teaching@DU Short Course?

The Teaching@DU Short Course introduces new faculty members to DU and the resources available to them, as well as provides an overview of the latest best practices in higher education pedagogy and educational technology.

The course is offered to all newly-hired full time faculty members each summer through a series of interactive online modules, discussion forums, and live webinar sessions. In addition, we offer a number of face-to-face sessions at the beginning of the fall term.

The course is available in August and early September and is based on a 2-hour time commitment for each module, totaling approximately 10 hours to complete the minimum requirements. It includes live sessions and weekly asynchronous discussions with target deadlines, but instructors can complete the course at their own pace from any location in August and early September.

faculty members celebrating at the new faculty reception

Being welcomed to campus at the OTL New Faculty Reception

How will the Teaching@DU course benefit me?

If you are in a new full-time teaching role at DU, even if you have taught elsewhere, this course is designed to provide you with an overview of the various resources available to help you achieve your full potential as a DU instructor. This course is designed so that you spend time on the aspects most relevant to your needs.

Comments from past participants:

“This was excellent for helping new instructors understand the value of learning through a variety of methods. I think we all know this is the case, but the fact that we were required to use these various methods while learning about them really was wonderful.”

“Even though I have over fifteen years of teaching experience. I have been exposed to new teaching perspectives. I like this workshop.”

“I do like the ability to do this at my own pace and work with the design of my class with each module.”

“Thank you so much. It is an awesome course. Really. Other schools made us swim on our own.”

Did you know?

The OTL’s Teaching@DU Course (formerly called the New Faculty Workshop) won the 2012 POD Innovation Award from the premier college faculty development association in the United States!


Who to contact?

Contact Terri Johnson for more information about the Teaching@DU Short Course.

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