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DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS)

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DOTS received the 2012 Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching


DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS) is an intensive, 40-hour faculty development program that prepares faculty to design, build, and facilitate successful online courses. The program builds online readiness among faculty through an immersive, hands-on experience. Faculty are introduced to online-learning best practices, hands-on innovative use of technology, quality standards for course development across all delivery formats, and are guided through the development of exemplary course sites for online and blended instruction. In addition, the program provides opportunities for faculty to interact with peers with a shared commitment to online learning and to develop a sustainable network of online-ready instructors.


DOTS is intended for faculty who:

  • are full-time, tenure-track*
  • are interested in teaching online or hybrid courses
  • want to expand their use of technology for teaching
  • are open to new teaching strategies
  • are willing to share their course site with colleagues and CTL staff for peer review

*If you are interested in participating in DOTS, but don’t fit into such a profile, please ask your Dean or Chair to contact Associate Provost GianMario Besana at gbesana@depaul.edu or 312-362-5554.

How much time and effort you will commit:

The initial training portion of DOTS requires a minimum of 40 hours to complete. In June and December, DOTS training is offered in an intensive, three-week format. The workload is as follows:
  • Week 1: Complete 7 hours of online work over a period of 7 days. There is no mandatory meeting during week 1.
  • Week 2: Attend meeting 1 on Tuesday and meeting 2 on Friday. Participants must complete 7 hours of required online work after each meeting. All meetings are 3 hours long.
  • Week 3: Attend meeting 3 on Tuesday and complete 7 hours of required online work after meeting 3. Attend meeting 4 on Friday. There is no additional online work after meeting 4.
Each spring, DOTS is offered in a four-week format. While the total time commitment is the same (40 hours), the pacing in spring is a bit slower. The workload is as follows:
  • Week 1: Complete 7 hours of online work over a period of 7 days prior to attending meeting 1 on Friday. All meetings are 3 hours long.
  • Week 2: Complete 7 hours of online work prior to attending meeting 2 on Friday.
  • Week 3: Complete 7 hours of online work prior to attending meeting 3 on Friday.
  • Week 4: Complete 7 hours of online work prior to attending meeting 4 on Friday.
In addition to the initial training, all DOTS participants are required to:
  • work with an instructional technology consultant to develop an online or hybrid course over a period of two quarters
  • develop and teach at least one online or hybrid course
  • make a formal commitment by signing a DOTS participant agreement

What DOTS will give you:

  • Technology Kit that includes a Microsoft Surface Pro or MacBook Pro, device case, headsets (with microphone), and software.*
  • Knowledge and skills to facilitate online learning.
  • A total financial incentive of $1500, payable as specified in the respective DOTS Participant Agreement.
  • Certificate of Completion with letter of commendation from the Provost.
  • Course design support from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).
*The exact DOTS equipment terms are specified on the respective DOTS Agreement that each faculty signs. Faculty should make sure they have read and understood all terms of the DOTS Agreements before signing.

This program is coordinated by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) with funding from the office of the Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning.​​

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