Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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Online Summer Courses

Complete Online Learning:

A course offering in which 100% of instruction is delivered online rather than via face-to-face contact between students and instructor(s).


Why take a complete online learning course?

Online courses are convenient, can work around your schedule, allow for time and geographic flexibility, are self-paced, and a different educational experience.


What type of student does well in an online course?

Students who do well in online courses are able and willing to communicate effectively through written texts, are self-motivated and disciplined, have good time management skills, are independent learners, and have access to technology and some literacy in using it.


How can I succeed in an online course?

Set aside certain times to work on the course every week. 
Keep in mind that you are completing hours that normally would be spent in class and on homework.
Do not wait until the last minute to complete work.
Become comfortable with your computer and browser.
Ask your instructors questions if you are unsure or unclear.
Resist distractions—you will often be at home with phones, TVs, stereos, etc.
Read the assignments and instructions carefully.


What do I need to get started?
  • You will need your password and x-numbers before you leave Otis for the Summer. The Registration office will not give this to you over the phone. Only in person.
  • Check O-Space and Otis email weekly as this is the main form of contact.
  • Purchase your books online as soon as possible.

How do I register?

You will be notified when Registration begins. See the Academic Advisor, Marsha Hopkins, in the Liberal Arts and Sciences office (room 303) and she will fill out an advisement form. You will take that signed form to Registration.
 

What kind of programs will I need to use for an online course?

You will need to be able to use email (particularly attaching documents to your email), O-
Space, and Microsoft Office applications such as WORD or EXCEL or POWERPOINT (or MAC EQUIVALENT). Depending on your class, you may also need to use wikis and/or blogs and library databases. The Library website has a lot of helpful instructions on how to use this software and other technology.
 

How will I communicate with my instructor?

Initial communication will begin through O-Space and via Otis email. It will be required to use your Otis Student email
 

How will I know when things are due?

Your instructor will work with each class to determine how due dates and deadlines will be established through the course syllabus.
 

What if I don't check my Otis email?

Start to! Get in the practice of regularly checking your student email account. It will be required to use your Otis Student email. This will be the primary form of communication. 
 

How do I turn in homework?

Your instructor will work with each class to determine the process, however, most faculty 
prefer students to attach word documents to an email. Your instructor will notify you of receipt of the course work in a reply email. 
 

How much work will I have?

Each course will require 4 hours of work (equivalent to the time you would have otherwise spent in class) and 4-6 hours of homework each week.
 

How do I withdraw?

Contact Registration and Records for information on the process to withdraw from summer courses.
 

Who do I contact for help?

Your instructor should be your primary and first contact. 
However, additional technology support can be found in the library by contact Heather Cleary, Digital DB Metadata Librarian, by email hcleary@otis.edu
 


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