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Welcome to Otis!

Access to Otis Systems

Once you have completed the hiring paperwork for Human Resources, you will receive your user credentials via email:


  • Username (first name initial + last name)
  • Password
  • Otis Email
  • X-number (ID number)

Keep these credentials handy.  You will use them to log in to the Otis College dashboard


Manage Your Credentials

Enroll in the Otis Password Manager so you can reset your password or unlock your account without having to go through the IT Helpdesk.


Credentials Not Working?

Contact Information Technology =


- See more online


The Otis College Dashboard


One login provides real-time access to the content and services you need.


No more having to retype your username + password a hundred times!


How to Access the Dashboard:
Please go to
Log in with your Otis College Username and Password


With the Otis College Dashboard, you’ll have access to everything you need in one place:


  • Webmail
  • O-Space
  • Self-Service (Final Grades)
  • The Otis Website
  • Zoom (Web Conference)
  • Library Tools
  • Grammarly
  • Google Drive (G-Drive)
  • and much more.

These are only a few of the resources available to you. 


Check out the Dashboard to see more!

Faculty ID Cards and Parking

Faculty ID Cards

The Otis College OneCard serves as an ID card as well as an access card to all authorized locations on campus. Safeguard your OneCard at all times and take action immediately if your card is lost or stolen.


Obtained from the Campus Security office, room 159.

Located next to the Teaching Learning Center in the Academic building, on the first floor.


You will need to pick up in person.

ID Cards should be available after New Faculty Orientation.


GET System

  • Allows you to upload funds to your once-card for use at Otis College Cafe and Grab 'n Go

- See more on the Otis website. 


Parking Pass

Obtained from the Campus Security office, room 159.

Located next to the Teaching Learning Center in the new building, on the first floor.


Complete A Parking Permit Request Form first to receive a parking permit.


- See more on the Otis website.

Syncing your Otis Email to a Smart Device

Sync Otis Email to Smart Device

Your Otis Email = first initial + last name @


On Your Mobile Device . . .

  • Add an Email Account (Microsoft Exchange)
  • Enter Otis Email (ex.
  • Enter Password (case sensitive)

You may need to enter additional information:

  • Server =
  • Domain = Otis
  • Username = first initial + last name
  • Description = how you want to name the email account on the device

Need help?

Contact the Information Technology Helpdesk =

Writing Assignment Prompts

Writing Successful Assignment Prompts

- the key is to provide clear and direct communication to your students. 

- keep it concise and focused.

- consider what they need to know to complete the assignment.

- think about what type of work you want to see and go from there.

- consider including a step guide if assignment is complex.



- long and complicated explanations.


Resource: How Do I Create Meaningful Assignments?


Features of Effective Assignment Prompts:

  1. explains what you want them to do (the task + procedure)
  2. provides the purpose + goals (why this assignment is important)
  3. includes specific format information
  4. includes grading criteria like a rubric so students are aware of instructor expectations

More Top Tips

From: "Pedagogy Unbound: How to Make Your Assignments Better

  • Offer both a big-picture and a close-up view of the assignment at the outset.
  • Show examples, and keep them online
  • Teach students how to complete the assignment
  • "Dogfood" (test) your own assignments

Student Level

Consider the student level. Beginning students may need more direction and guidance. For intermediate or advanced students, you want to allow students more freedom and flexibility to develop their own topics and encourage more critical thinking. 


Online resource for creative writing prompts.

Final Grades


This is where you go to enter final grades at the end of each semester.



Can't log in?

Contact IT (



See on the Otis Website.

Download PDF version.


Click to load user-submitted video in a new window.



Helpful Tips:

  1. If you enter a failing grade for a student, you must also enter their last date of attendance in your course.
  2. Submit often to make sure the system does not time out.
  3. If you have multiple classes to enter grades, select "CRN Selection" at the bottom to naviagte back and select a different course. 

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