The Digital Professor Academy (DPA) is a community of practice designed to support faculty who are developing and teaching face-to-face, online, or blended courses. The program is designed to assist faculty throughout the development process with the use of effective pedagogy and instructional design. The DPA also prepares faculty with best practice strategies for engaging, instructing, and communicating with students in the learning environment.
There has been 2 substantial changes to the DPA that will benefit participating faculty.
- In response to many requests from former DPA participants, the DPA now spans two semesters, Fall & Spring. By spreading the DPA process across 2 full semesters reduces the terrible pressure of having to complete all DPA work and course design in 8-12 weeks. Having more time to design your course can improve all aspects of the course, and lead to greater faculty satisfaction with their design, and better faculty preparation to teach the course.
- The DPA is now comprised to 2 online courses and a separate Peer Review in which faculty are required to participate. The first course, DPA-001 Pedagogical Foundations, is moderated by FCTL Instructional Designers, and the second course, DPA-002 Course Design, is more self-paced. The focus of the first course is to provide a collegial environment in which to equip faculty with the tools and processes for designing and excellent course. The second course is focused on applying learning from the first course to building your actual course.
DPA-001 Pedagogical Foundations: The DPA is designed to assist faculty in the development of solid pedagogical teaching practices regardless of the instructional environment. While a significant portion of the DPA is delivered online, faculty will also have opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops that are aligned to the goals of the course and, as well as, have support of the Instructional Designers in the FCTL. Upon conclusion of DPA-001, participants who successfully complete all of the activities will have a completed instructional plan for their course.
DPA-002 Course Design: This self-paced course builds upon the first course through the implementation of the instructional plan that was created in DPA-001. Participants will first develop their course beginning with activities that encourage basic course design elements, and then branch into the main course development. This course addresses the instructional design and technical foundations of teaching online. Upon completion of this course, participants will have a fully developed course and will be prepared to participate in the Peer Review process.
Peer Review process: Each participating faculty reviews 2 other courses. Everyone receives feedback on their course from 2 anonymous reviewers.
The new DPA structure will provide even more and exciting benefits to participating faculty.
DPA Orientation Meetings are held at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters. Faculty may earn CEU credits through this program. The Digital Professor Certification is awarded upon completion of DPA 001, DPA 002, and the Course Peer-Review. Interested faculty may register for these meetings through My Learning Connection or contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.
Contact Information: FCTL@MissouriState.edu