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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.


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.