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Welcome to the OCTC

To promote student success, the Ohio College Teaching Consortium (formerly OPDC) equips instructors at Ohio’s colleges and universities with evidence-based teaching strategies. Our teaching endorsement recognizes the commitment of instructors who pursue instructional excellence.

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May 2022 Featured Events

In May, the Ohio College Teaching Consortium introduces instructors to an open classroom that challenges assumptions about learning through through presentation of an Andeam-inspired Pukllay Pampa– “playing ground” of ideas and practices. Join us for Pukllay Pampa: Instructional Strategies for the Open Classroom on May 12.


Since 2020-21, OCTC has been introducing instructors to inclusive teaching strategies, but how do we know whether or not they are impacting our students? A May 24 workshop, Inclusive Teaching Strategies: Are They Working?, will suggest ways to generate data and student feedback to determine whether or not changes to your teaching practice are effective.


CSCC Faculty Idea Exchange conference June 10

The Columbus State Community College Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) is an annual summer conference planned by the CSCC Instructional Success Committee (ISC) that provides a forum where college educators from Central Ohio and beyond can share and compare best teaching practices. Educators from every institution are invited.

This year’s keynote and plenary speaker is Dr. Daniel Willingham, a cognitive psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. His research began on the brain basis of learning and memory, and now currently focuses on the application of cognitive psychology to K-16 education. He writes the “Ask the Cognitive Scientist” column for American Educator magazine, and is the author of Why Don't Students Like School?, When Can You Trust the Experts?, Raising Kids Who Read, and The Reading Mind. ​In 2017 he was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Member of the National Board for Education Sciences.

The OCTC Inclusive Teaching Endorsement

The Ohio College Teaching Consortium invites faculty, staff and graduate students teaching at institutions of higher education across the state to engage in a series of workshops and events on the topic of inclusive teaching with the goal of earning an Inclusive Teaching in Higher Education Endorsement. This endorsement recognizes instructors who complete a series of six professional development engagement and pursue implementation of evidence-based instructional strategies.

  • Step 1: Tell us about yourself.
  • Step 2: Select from, register for and participate in at least six workshops, events or sessions.
  • Step 3: Complete a reflection form for each of the events or engagements in which you participate.

​For a detailed look at the process of earning an OCTC endorsement, simply get started.

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FEATURED

ENDORSEMENT

AWARDEES

Edmond Chang

Edmond Chang, assistant professor of English at Ohio University, serves on the OCTC Planning Committee and was one of our pilot year endorsement awardees. He was featured in three conference presentations in fall of 2021 and shared with national and international conference participants the value of the OCTC Inclusive Teaching Endorsement. His comments are available here. 

Valerie Smart

Valerie Smart is an adjunct instructor in the Business Department at Cuyahoga Community College and a pilot year Inclusive Teaching Endorsement awardee. Smart noted, "I, just like many teachers and instructors, have been taught to teach in a way that dispenses information but not to always take into account the way the students assimilate it." Following the endorsment, she plans to share new perspectives through a Community of Practice and a faciliator's guide for the CoP.