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Teaching Online

Most online and blended courses at DePaul are now being taught with Desire2Learn (D2L). For D2L guickguides and video tutorials, visit the Desire2Learn page on the Teaching Commons. For D2L support, contact Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS) at FITS@depaul.edu.

Transforming Course(s) for Online Delivery

If you're a DePaul faculty member and you're interested in transforming some or all of your course content for online delivery, the DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS) is the best place to start. DOTS provides practical training and guidance to address the most common challenges faculty face when teaching online, including:

  • Building community and fostering a sense of connection online
  • Managing workload, saving time, and setting boundaries
  • Facilitating group work and collaboration online
  • Setting clear expectations and reducing miscommunication
  • Translating activities for online learning that rely heavily on face-to-face interaction

The DOTS program alternates between face-to-face workshops and online readings, presentations, and activities. The online portion of DOTS allows faculty to experience the unique benefits and challenges of online coursework first hand as they learn about best practices in online course design. The face-to-face meetings expand on these lessons and include:

  • Guest presentations and discussions with online learning experts, DOTS alumni, and students
  • Practical tips and hands-on training
  • One-on-one support with experienced instructional designers
  • Opportunities to share ideas with colleagues from a variety of disciplines

What Faculty Have to Say About DOTS

Roughly 200 DePaul faculty have completed DOTS since its inception in spring of 2008, and the program continues to receive high praise from participants. The following video and quotes contain comments from a small sampling of DOTS alumni.



“I loved the fact that it was a hands-on format…We got out the computers and we actually started building things that we could use in our courses, and there were some things I learned in DOTS that I'm going to bring to all my courses.”
         —Andrea Kaufman, College of Education
“The program has made me rethink how I will teach every class, whether online, hybrid or enhanced-classroom, and has ALREADY made me a better teacher. I am so thankful for that education.”
         —Melissa Markley, College of Commerce
“I thought the best thing about DOTS would be the laptop; but it is the community of colleagues and quality of instruction that has opened my eyes to a whole new way of engaging students. And now, months after teaching my first online course (which was a great experience, by the way!) I have the help and support of my FITS colleagues to strategize and implement ideas to continue to improve my online courses.”
         —Leah Bryant, College of Communication
“I was a bit of a skeptic about online teaching and learning coming into it, but I really feel like not only has the DOTS training equipped me with a lot of tools that will help my online teaching, but it's also given me grist for the mill to think about in my face-to-face classes.”
         —Joby Gardner, College of Education
“I'm filled with ideas to move on and make what I thought was already a good course an even better course.”
         —Judy Friedman, College of Communication
“DOTS is an incredible opportunity to interact with professional instructional designers and people who have vetted these technologies and explored these technologies for use in the classroom, whether they're online or face-to-face. This is an incredibly valuable experience which I highly encourage you to take advantage of here at DePaul.”
         —David Jabon, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Further Info and Application

For more information on DOTS, including eligibility, time commitment, and compensation details, read the DOTS overview. You can also review upcoming dates or apply to the program online.

DOTS is coordinated by Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS) with funding from the office of the AVP of Academic Technology and Online Learning.