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Flex Training Announced

Training on how to teach in Flex(FL) courses has just been announced. The training comes from the Center for Teaching and Learning, and empowers faculty to teach in the new Flex modality that utilizes Trimodal and Zoom+ classrooms.

Faculty can register for the training here.

Dates: Monday, June 14th through Friday, July 2nd

Format: Fully online (no in-person meetings)

Zoom Teaching Demos: Most coursework will be completed asynchronously, however, attendees should also plan to attend at least one teaching demonstration via Zoom. These demonstrations will be led by faculty who have experience teaching in Zoom-enabled classrooms, and training participants will assume the role of students for these activities. You can view a course schedule with demonstration times here.

Optional Kickoff and Wrap-up Zoom Meetings: Faculty interested in connecting with other training participants and discussing issues related to Flex instruction will have the option to attend informal Zoom meetings on Friday, June 18th and Thursday, July 1st from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Central Time.

Workload: Participants should expect to spend roughly three to four hours per week completing readings and assignments.

Zoom Immersive View


Zoom has recently released Immersive View. Here is how you can activate this for Zoom meetings:

  • Log into
  • Click on "Settings"
  • Click on "In Meeting (Advanced)" under the "Meeting" tab
  • Activate "Immersive View"

So long as you are using a recent version of the Zoom app, you can activate the view in meetings that you host.


Dynamic Forms and REDCap

The university is utilizing two digital resources that may be of interesting to faculty and staff in the College of Business.

Dynamic Forms
A (relatively) simple way for non-technical users to convert paper-based forms into electronic forms. Currently, highly used by the College of Education here.

A “secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases.” More information can be found here.

An Employee Guide for Spring 2021

University Marketing and Communications has just published the employee guide for spring 2021.

Library Services Update

Many library services have now resumed. Contactless Pick-up is available for local materials and I-Share at both the John T. Richardson Library and the Loop Library during the following service hours:
  • John T. Richardson Library Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm
  • Loop Library: Monday/Wednesday 12-4pm
Reservations are available for computer use and independent study on the second floor of the John T. Richardson Library. Click here for more information and to make a reservation.
The DePaul University Library is committed to continuing to support teaching, learning and research during this time. We continue to offer the following services:
  • Virtual access to all e-resources
  • Virtual research help through our Ask a Librarian service
  • Virtual instruction services, including Zoom sessions, Special Collections and Archives (SPCA) instruction, and asynchronous online tutorials and guides  
    • Please let me know if you are interested in an online library instruction session for your classes.
    • Alternatively, I can create customized guides for your specific course. For a full list of our research guides, visit
  • Course reserves setup and support, including digitization and access to e-books, book chapters, articles and streaming media
  • Electronic access to book chapters, articles and other digital materials through our interlibrary loan service as well as interlibrary loan of physical materials

Course Materials: Affordability and Access
The Faculty Select Database
While we navigate the shifting landscape caused by the pandemic, affordable and accessible course materials will continue to be priorities for student learning and success long after we return to campus. The Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new tool to help you locate and request course materials that address these priorities: open educational resources (OER) or e-books.  Every record in this database is either for an openly licensed book or an unrestricted e-book.  Learn more about how to navigate and request these books through the following Library blog post: 
Faculty Select: A New Library Database to Help you Select Materials for Upcoming Courses
Additional Information about Open Educational Resources (OER)
A variety of OER can also be located and accessed through the collections listed on the Library’s 
Open Educational Resources guide
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