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Otterbein Academic Continuity

This guide is designed to give suggestions and support for when there are obstacles for face-to-face instruction. For instance, a snow day, power outage, and other unplanned closures.

Faculty Resources

The Center for Teaching & Learning is committed to enhancing the quality of student learning through ongoing educational development opportunities for all those who teach on our campus. We provide consulting services, development programs, online and print resources to help educators enhance the learning experience for our students, and studio space for innovation and exploration.

Contact us online or on the phone:
Hours: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Phone: 614-823-1035

Video: Preparing to Teach Remotely

Online Tools

target tools for remote teaching

Click on the "Tools Explained. PDF" (below) for more details about each tool. We will be facilitating workshops about these specific tools. 

Jeff Smith has created some videos to help with explaining how to use some of these tools. See the links below.

The CTL Studio

The CTL Studio is a learning environment designed for creativity, innovation, and collaboration. Designed using an open café concept with dedicated WiFi access to facilitate individual consultations as well as group sessions, it has flexible seating, whiteboards, reading materials, and other analog or digital tools, including a 55-inch flat screen TV to our multimedia workstations (Windows and Mac).

Faculty and departments can book time at the studio to work on their projects independently or in consultation with CTL staff.

Come and explore innovative technologies like virtual and augmented reality.
Learn how to integrate Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Learn, and ePortfolio in your courses or how to use applications like Impatica, Respondus, or Turning Point to enhance your in-class activities.
Take advantage of our professional audio, video, and content authoring tools to work on your media-related projects.  Available programs include Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Express, and Camtasia Studio as well as graphic design or Web development software like Dreamweaver, InDesign, and Photoshop, among many others.

Consulting Services

The CTL is a space where anyone who teaches at Otterbein (full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and staff members who teach) can meet with experts to talk about their teaching. Participation is voluntary, confidential, and independent from tenure and promotion processes.

The CTL can also help you gather feedback on your teaching both at the end of the semester as well as at midsemester.  Whether gathered from in-class focus groups, student surveys, or observations, this feedback can help you learn about your class, explore ways to improve student learning, and document your teaching.  For more information, email and/or see our LibGuide on midsemester feedback.

Guides & Resources

The CTL continually creates online resources to provide just-in-time answers to your questions.  Browse our growing collection of online CTL Library Guides (LibGuides) on many different topics related to teaching and learning.

The CTL has also partnered with the Otterbein library to create a curated collection of books on faculty development, course design, teaching and learning in Higher Education. This special collection is housed on the 3rd floor of the library near the CTL. You can search the collection using the instructions on our Faculty Development Library Collection LibGuide.

Guide to Library Resources for Faculty

Technical Support Help Numbers

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: 1-888-788-5264

Digication ePortfolio:

Center for Teaching and Learning: 614-823-1035,

IT Helpdesk: 614-823-3100,

Otterbein University Police, 614-823-1222

Communicating with your students

  • Clearly state how you will communicate with your students: identify what tool you will use (LMS), on what schedule, and tell them how to get in touch with you.
  • Explain how you will share resources and content with students.
  • Explain your plan for replacing in-person lectures/class sessions/other interactive activities. At a minimum, you should plan to devote the same amount of time scheduled for class meetings and office hours to regular, substantive interaction with students. Simply uploading materials does not constitute regular, substantive interaction.