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Special Initiatives

Faculty with iPad


The Blended Learning Initiative

Blended Learning is form of e-Learning that “blends” face-to-face teaching with online delivery.  

To Date @ Otis:

  • 65 faculty have completed the Bricks & Clicks Course
  • 141 e-Learning courses have been offered (Blended + Online) since summer 2008


Not sure about Blended Learning?  
Not sure where to begin when it comes to instructional technology?

Otis’ Instructional Designer, Jean-Marie Venturini, is available to visit your course to learn about your teaching needs and collaborate with you on technology-enhanced teaching tools that might best serve your specific course and teaching style.

Schedule a Visit! 


The iPAD Pilot Project

Since fall 2011, LAS has integrated the use of iPADs into one section of first year English courses to determine its viability as:

Online Textbook
Tool for Enabling Collaboration and Project-Based Learning
Support for Blended Learning
Coolness Factor

We are currently exploring use of the iPAD in studio courses.


The Faculty iProject

Spring 2014 launches the faculty iProject. Interested participants receive an iPad to use for the semester. Faculty are encouraged to  explore the functionality of the iPad and educational apps that may be useful in the classroom.


  • 13 studio faculty
  • 6 liberal arts faculty

Jason Burton teahcing student in PD with iPad

Faculty Jason Burton with student (Grace) sourcing hardware for her furniture project during Product Design class (spring 2014).


The Otis MOOC Experiment

June 17, 2013,  Otis launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called "The Modern Genius: Art and Culture in the 19th Century" taught by Dr. Parme Giuntini.
This MOOC examines key issues surrounding the making, viewing, and interpretation of modern art.




“Otis is thrilled to offer such an important course free to the public and taught by a brilliant, dynamic professor,” said Otis Provost Kerry Walk. “As an educational institution, Otis strives to enrich the world by sharing knowledge with the community beyond our campus. Anyone interested in such ‘modern geniuses’ as Monet, van Gogh, and Picasso, and their impact on contemporary life and art, will find this course exhilarating.”