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DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS)

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Instructional designers at DePaul
DOTS received the 2012 Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching

Overview

DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS) is an intensive, 30-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, innovative use of technology, and quality standards for course development across all delivery formats. In addition, the program provides opportunities for faculty to interact with peers who share a  commitment to online learning and to develop a sustainable network of online-ready instructors.

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DOTS is intended for faculty who:

  • 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  apply key takeaways from the DOTS training in their teaching

Time Commitment and Workload

The initial training portion of DOTS requires roughly 30 hours to complete. DOTS training is offered in an intensive, three-week format in June and December. The workload is as follows:
  • Week 1: Participants will complete roughly 8 hours of asynchronous, online work over a period of 7 days. There is no mandatory meeting during week 1.
  • Week 2:  Participants will complete roughly 8 hours of asynchronous, online work over a period of 7 days.​ Participants will have the opportunity to attend one or more live Zoom Q&A sessions with past graduates of the program. These sessions are offered at different times during week 2 to provide flexibility for attendees. Participants will also have access to recordings of each session.
  • Week 3: Participants will complete roughly 8 hours of asynchronous, online work over a period of 7 days. Week 3​ includes a large-group Zoom meeting. The exact time for this meeting will be shared several weeks before DOTS begins.​
In addition to the training, DOTS participants will have the opportunity to:
  • work with an instructional designer to develop an online or hybrid course 
  • receive an award of $400 and a certificate upon successful completion of the training and course review process

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.