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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! Click on “Projects” below to see a few of the design and development projects we’ve been working on.

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Services and Support

Course Design and Creation

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.

To see what we’re working on, click the “Projects” button located at the top of this section.

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.

Course Enhancements

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.

Professional Development and Training

Learn, develop and share with your colleagues through the professional development and training sessions that are available through the Idea Lab. Topics include (but are not limited to) course design, pedagogy, student engagement, learning technologies and the emerging field of learning analytics. To view and register for any of our sessions, visit the sign-up page.

If you don’t find a session that you are looking for, please email us at online@otc.edu or give us a call at 417-447-6674 to make a request.

We hope to see you at one or several of the upcoming sessions!

Course Analytics

How and when are your students interacting with your Canvas course site?  Are the changes you’re making to your course having a significant impact on student success and retention?  Are students viewing the resources you’re making available?  These questions and more can be answered via the Canvas Data Portal (CDP).  Contact Matt Harris (417-447-8290 / harrism@otc.edu) anytime, and he’ll be glad to see how the CDP can work for you!

Accessibility Support

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.

Canvas Technical Support

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.

How can we help?

Feel free to stop by the Idea Lab for a visit or schedule a dedicated, one-on-one conference (see below). The Idea Lab office is located the Information Commons building (IC104) on the Springfield campus.  You can reach us by phone (417-447-6674), email (idealab@otc.edu), or online through ZOOM web conference. We can also be found most days, evenings, and weekends in the OTC Faculty Facebook Group.

We look forward to working with you!

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