Welcome to the OPDC

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.


Ohio College Teaching Consortium Major Partners

Featured On-demand Events

The Ohio College Teaching Consortium introduces instructors to an open classroom that challenges assumptions about learning through presentation of an Andeam-inspired Pukllay Pampa– “playing ground”–of ideas and practices. Pukllay Pampa: Instructional Strategies for the Open Classroom is now available on demand.

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? 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. Visit our events page for on-demand features.

Rita Kumar, Ph.D., executive director, Faculty Enrichment Center, Office of the Provost, University of Cincinnati and Brenda Refaei, Ed.D., co-director of the Learning + Teaching Center and a professor of English and Communication at the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College, join the OCTC to discuss their new publication from the University of Chicago Press, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Strategies for Teaching, which details the necessity for an inclusive curriculum with examples of discipline-specific activities and modules.

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.





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.