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.
This year we are very excited to introduce you to Desire2Learn - a new online learning management system that will enrich student learning and enhance your teaching efficiency.
This fall more than 100 faculty members from all of DePaul's colleges and schools are piloting Desire2Learn. This pilot program will help ensure that training classes and materials are well developed, support services are working well, and integration of the new system with PeopleSoft is running smoothly.
Desire2Learn can be found at https://D2L.depaul.edu and will replace Blackboard at DePaul beginning in December 2010. Faculty and staff who are currently using COL Web will not be required to change for winter quarter, but will have the option to use Desire2Learn if they prefer.
Desire2Learn was selected via a thorough review process, led by faculty and staff at DePaul. You can read more on the selection process at http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu/P_S_C/LMS/review.html.
In order to better assist you during the transition, the Instructional Design and Development (IDD) unit has been reorganized into the new Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS). Training and assistance for Desire2Learn will be provided by FITS. We invite you to visit the FITS webpage at http://fits.depaul.edu to enroll in training.
Documents and course files from the 2009-2010 academic year have been copied to Desire2Learn from Blackboard, in order to assist you in building your courses. Desire2Learn training classes demonstrate how to re-structure your documents and course files in preparation for teaching your class. Migration of any course content from academic years prior to 2009-10 can be requested at https://www.itd.depaul.edu/website/forms/bb_desiretolearnbetaImprt.asp.
To learn more about our transition to Desire2Learn and for information regarding other teaching support resources please visit http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu. Your students will receive a separate communication regarding this transition. Information on student training can be found at https://www.itd.depaul.edu/website/students/training.asp.