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What is the Idea Lab?

The Idea Lab is a creative space where OTC faculty and staff can collaborate and share ideas for improving teaching and learning at OTC. Everyone is welcome in the Lab and if you have an idea for your course, department, or program, bring it to the lab to discuss or share! The lab is configured with four workstations and a technology-enabled conference space to allow for individual faculty work and small group meetings and OTC Online staff is available to assist with instructional design and technical support!

Oh, and we have coffee and snacks… 😉

What We Do

If you can dream it, we can help you build it! Our design process starts by identifying course and instructor learning goals and the collaboration and creativity flows from there. Our instructional design staff can help you establish a development path that will result in a quality online learning experience for your students.

Contact our office at online@otc.edu or call 417-447-6674 to make an appointment with our staff to begin your next course design project.

Is your course site in need of a content or visual design refresh? Are you looking for tools or strategies to promote engagement your students? We have a few ideas that may help!

Visit the Idea Lab in room IC104 (Information Commons) or email us at online@otc.edu to make an appointment with our instructional support staff.

Making courses accessible to all learners, particularly those with disabilities is part of the OTC mission. Our instructional support staff can assist faculty with accessibility training and support to ensure that online content is compliant with federal laws. Training and support includes: video captioning, transcripts, as well as document and web page formatting.

If you would like to learn how to make your online content more accessible, contact us at online@otc.edu or call 417-447-6674.

Whether you are new to Canvas or would like to learn more about advance features or other instructional technologies, we can provide training you may need. To view and register for upcoming training, visit the sign-up page.

If you don’t find the training you are looking for, please email us at online@otc.edu or give us a call at 417-447-6674.

Our office is available Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM (4:30 on Fridays) to help resolve issues or answer questions you might have about Canvas. If you have a question after hours, post your question or issue to the OTC Faculty Facebook Group where you can receive answers from our staff or your fellow colleagues.

For technical support, call the OTC Online office at 417-447-8200 or email online@otc.edu.

Join the Awesomeness!

Stop by for a visit! We’re located in the Information Commons building (IC104) on the Springfield campus. Our normal hours are 8AM – 5PM, Monday through Thursday and 8AM – 4:30PM on Friday. You can always reach us by phone at 417-447-8200 or by email at online@otc.edu.

You can also keep up with what’s happening in the Idea Lab through the OTC Faculty Facebook Group. Click the Facebook icon below to request to join the group. We hope to see you there!

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