Office of Educational Innovation and Scholarship

Office of Educational Innovation and Scholarship

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The Office of Educational Innovation and Scholarship's mission is to promote excellence in student learning at the College of Pharmacy through scholarly teaching, the scholarship of teaching and evidence-based educational change.

Below are some of the ways the office serves the faculty of the College of Pharmacy:


Whether you are an experienced faculty member, or just getting started with your teaching career, OEIS can assist you with course design, revision and continuous quality improvement (CQI). We work with instructors to develop required and elective courses in the BSPS, PharmD and graduate curricula for face-to-face and hybrid delivery.

A consultation for course design could include:

  • Guidance for the development of a new course (face-to-face, hybrid or online)
  • Creating clear, specific and measurable learning objectives/outcomes
  • Help with alignment between course objectives, assessments and course activities
  • Preparation of a learner-centered syllabus
  • Development of course activities and assessments

Instructional strategies are tools that help students become independent learners. Instructors use them to motivate learners and focus attention, organize information to help with retrieval and to help monitor and assess learning. OEIS offers several workshops throughout the year, as well as support for teaching teams and individuals. We help instructors implement evidence-based teaching practices such as:

  • Team-based learning
  • Flipped learning
  • Peer instruction
  • Problem-based learning
  • Other active learning strategies

Learning Objects are digital or non-digital assets developed to support learning. Many of these objects are created for flipped learning experiences to deliver direct online instruction so that learners are prepared for a more active classroom experience. But sometimes, learning objects are used inside the classroom, such as branched cases for team-based learning application exercises. OEIS can help with creation of more complex digital and non-digital learning objects such as:

  • Captivate Presentations
  • Articulate Presentations
  • Videos (static and interactive)
  • Podcasts
  • Explain Everything
  • Top Hat Pages and Reviews

This list is suggestive of what we can accomplish. If you have something you would like to develop and you don’t see it here, please ask.


CarmenCanvas is The Ohio State University’s learning management system (LMS). The Instructional Design team can help you develop a good user experience (UX) for your students by making use of CarmenCanvas’ features while still maintaining good information flow on different devices. CarmenCanvas is a flexible way to distribute and collect materials, explain assignments, administer online quizzes and assessments and even help your students create rich teamwork experiences. The Instructional Design team can help with:

  • New Faculty and TA Orientation
  • CarmenCanvas shell set-up
  • Assistance with Assignment/Gradebook set-up
  • Support for Quiz/Question Bank setup
  • Support for other CarmenCanvas features (discussion boards, TurnItIn, etc.)

Educational technology (EdTech) is technology that is used for the purpose of helping learners learn. This is a broad definition and includes things like projectors, computers, tablets, software, whiteboards and markers. Technically, everything you see above is EdTech. For our purposes, EdTech includes the technology used to deliver information from the instructor to the learner, excluding technology that is rooted to the actual classroom (computer kiosks, audio visual equipment, etc.) The Instructional Design Team can develop materials and train you on a variety of educational technology tools, such as:

  • Classroom technology integration
  • CarmenCanvas
  • Captivate Presentations
  • Explain Everything
  • Mediasite Desktop Recording
  • One-button video recording (at Denney Hall)
  • Audio recording devices
  • Top Hat
  • U.OSU blogsites

This list is not exhaustive, so if there is a piece of educational technology you want to use and you don’t see it here, please ask us. We are also here to assist with Digital Flagship implementation. For more information about Ohio State’s Digital Flagship Initiative, please see their website at


Classroom Assessment is a tool used to provide day-to-day feedback on student progress in learning. Additionally, results can be used by your students to help monitor their own progress, building autonomy and alerting them to needed adjustments while mid-course correction is possible. Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT) can be anything from a series of Top Hat questions to an in-class exam analysis. OEIS can assist with:

  • Brainstorming on classroom assessment techniques
  • Facilitate writing good multiple-choice questions
  • Collaborating on development of classroom assessment activities