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DePaul University wins national award for excellence in faculty development for online teaching

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Congratulations to the FITS team! You can read more about the award here.

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DOTS II

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The DePaul Online Teaching Series II (DOTS II) is a sister program to DOTS, and focuses on the delivery of the online course, not the design. In this program, faculty learn and apply pedagogical strategies of effective online teaching. Topics include moderation of online discussion, appropriate ways to give students feedback, synchronous technologies, Web 2.0 tools and time management strategies, among others.

There are two upcoming session which may be of interest to faculty in the College of Business:

DOTS II, Track I: Building Community
Will run from May 6–May 20

DOTS II, Track II: Making the Most of Synchronous Tool
Will run from May 14–21

Registration is available at http://fits.depaul.edu/Pages/DOTSII.aspx

DOTS II is offered 100% online. Participants will experience being an online student, which will allow them to experience group activities, online discussion, and online learning activities from a student perspective. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to interact with peers who have a shared commitment to online learning and enable them to develop a sustainable network of online-ready instructors.

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DePaul QM Star Award

DePaul has recently launched a new faculty recognition program, to recognize well-designed online and hybrid courses that have been produced through the DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS). The DePaul QM Star Award is presented to faculty who have received a perfect score of 95 in a DePaul Internal Quality Matters (QM) Review. The award also comes with a $250 payment.

More information on the FITS website.
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New DOTS Session

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The DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS) is a faculty development program that trains and assists faculty to become successful facilitators of online learning. The program has been operating since 2008, and empowers DePaul faculty via an immersive, hands-on training experience. Faculty are introduced to online-learning best practices, 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. Numerous Commerce faculty have used the DOTS program to launch highly regarded online and hybrid courses.

The program also provides faculty with:

  • Technology Kit that includes a tablet PC or MacBook, web cam, headsets, and software
  • Knowledge and skills to facilitate online learning
  • Stipend of $500 at beginning of training and $1000 at completion of online/blended course delivery and course review.
  • Certificate of Completion with letter of commendation from the Provost
  • Course design support from Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS)

Two new DOTS sessions have been scheduled, and seats are already starting to disappear. I highly recommend that Commerce faculty consider applying before it is too late. The upcoming sessions are:

Spring 2012 DOTS (quarter-long format): Apr 13 through May 25


Application Deadline: Dec 2nd
Acceptance/rejection notification: Dec 9th

Faculty can apply for the Spring 2012 DOTS at http://fits.depaul.edu/Pages/DOTSApply.aspx

Summer 2012 DOTS (three-week intensive format): June 11 through June 29


Application Deadline: Mar 30
Acceptance/rejection notification: Apr 6
Faculty can apply for the Summer 2012 DOTS at http://fits.depaul.edu/Pages/DOTSApply.aspx

More information about the schedule can be found at http://fits.depaul.edu/Pages/DotsSchedule.aspx

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DOTS II: DePaul Online Teaching Series II

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In addition to DOTS program, FITS offers a DOTS II training program to prepare faculty to teach (instead of designing a course) online. DOTS II, which is completely online, consists of two tracks:

  1. Building Community (Aug 8 through Aug 14)
  2. Making the Most of Synchronous Tools (Aug 15 through Aug 22)

Faculty can take one or both tracks.

Detail description of the programs and registration form are available here.

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DOTS in December


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As the Summer 2011 edition of DOTS is fully underway, DePaul is already planning for the next session.

The first DOTS offering in 2011-12 will be in December 2011, offered in the compact 3-week format.

The schedule of the December session, and an application form can be found here.

We are always open to customizing the curriculum to the needs of a particular department/college/program whenever there is substantial interest.
Please feel free to contact me or Sharon Guan if you would like to discuss the possibility of having a dedicated DOTS session for your unit.

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Summer and Fall Classes Available in D2L

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Attention faculty, the Summer and Fall classes at DePaul have been loaded into Desire2Learn. You are now able to prepare these classes.

If you need additional training and support, FITS has several options that you can follow:

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DOTS II

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Registration for Spring DOTS II: Building Community (May 23 - June 5) is now open. A detailed program description and online registration can be found here. The program is offered completely online for faculty who will be teaching an online or a hybrid course that has been developed already.

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Registration Open for Spring DOTS

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DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS) is a faculty development program that trains and assists faculty to become successful facilitators of online learning. 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.

Registration is now open for the Spring DOTS session.

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