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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Glossary of Terms


Images, text, documents, video, music or multimedia that is uploaded onto any type of e‐portfolio.


Collection of material for review.

e-Portfolio/Digital Portfolio

An electronic portfolio, also known as an e‐portfolio or digital portfolio, is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a person on their own online portfolio webpage. This collection of evidence may include text, electronic files, images, multimedia, and more. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user's abilities and platforms for self‐expression, and, if they are online, they can be maintained dynamically over time. Some e‐portfolio applications permit varying degrees of audience access, so the same portfolio might be used for multiple purposes.


This is the work a student submits to complete a specified post or submission in O‐Space. It can be an artifact or an actual section of their Learning ePortfolio. This evidence can also connect to course Learning Outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

In an O‐Space course there is a tab called “Learning Outcomes." Learning Outcomes are statements that specify what students will know, be able to do or be able to demonstrate when they have completed or participated in a program/activity/course/project. In this area of your O-Space course, faculty can list Learning Outcomes for their course/department and track student submissions of coursework that fulfill that specific Learning Outcome.

Learning Management System

A learning management system (LMS) is software for delivering, tracking and managing courses online. It may be used for Distance Learning as well as live classrooms. A LMS may offer features for online collaboration and student workflow. Most LMSs are web‐based to facilitate access anytime, anywhere. Examples of LMS are: Digication (our O‐Space) and Blackboard.

Learning e-Portfolio

A Learning ePortfolio is a specific genre of e‐portfolios. A student curated mutli-media collection of both visual and written work that provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their learning experiences at Otis. 


Modules are the framework for structuring and organizing e-portfolio content. It allows for information such as text, image or multimedia. Multiple modules can be added to any single page as needed.


In an O‐Space course there is a tab called “Notifications”. This is the default view when entering an O‐Space course and lists the recent activity within that course on O‐Space.


In an O‐Space course there is a tab called “Posts”. Posts are used to upload content for courses such as syllabi, handouts, readings, or resources. Instructors can also upload prompts and have students reply within O‐Space. Instructors can also send out announcements to students. If there is an assignment an instructor grades using the O‐Space gradebook, that assignment is uploaded as a post first.

Professional Portfolio

A Professional Portfolio is a specific genre of e‐portfolios. It is a collection of both visual and written work that provides an opportunity for students to exhibit their work for public viewing to support applications for employment, residencies, advanced education, or awards, etc. 


Reflective thinking develops higher‐order thinking skills such as the ability to apply new knowledge to problem solve, adapt, and grow. In addition, reflection helps you to frame your education and thinking in a strategic way: “Reflection … challenges students to use critical thinking to examine presented information, question its validity, and draw conclusions based on the resulting ideas” (Intime: Integrating New Technologies Into the Methods of Education). Reflection is not only done in written form but can be done in other multimedia platforms from podcasting to music to videos.
View Otis Teaching Tips "Reflective Writing" (YOUTUBE) for more information.


A Rubric is an explicit summary of the criteria for assessing a particular piece of student work, plus levels of potential achievement for each criterion. A rubric is specific to each assignment and is used by faculty for grading.

Save vs Publish

Save allows one to save work in draft form. Publish makes the work viewable to the public.


In an O‐Space course there is a tab called “Submissions”. In this area of your O-Space course, faculty can create a submission which will direct you to upload coursework. Once this coursework is submitted, it can be used as evidence of fulfilling a course/department Learning Outcome.


This means submit material onto a Learning Portfolio or into an O‐Space course.


Organizational structure selected when creating an e‐portfolio.