DP PD learning resources

Take these free Diploma Programme Personal Development (DP PD) eLearning resources to learn more about some key areas of the DP curriculum. These courses currently cover DP Mathematics, DP Arts and Theory of Knowledge.  Below you will also find DP PD nanos, offering support through the DP authorization process.

Digital society

DP eLearning resource

We are in a digital revolution that is changing the way people communicate, create and connect. Beginning in 2022, DP Digital society invites students and teachers to explore these important changes together.

This free online resource will help teachers and coordinators prepare to launch DP Digital society in their school community. Each interactive module introduces essential elements of the course including its student-centred framework, powerful inquiry-based approach and details about course assessments.

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DP Economics

This resource gives you an overview of the DP Economics course and focuses on the conceptual and inquiry-based approaches to teaching that the course takes. You will see how these approaches influence assessment in the course and will also be able to develop a course outline and share it in the IB communities. 

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Supporting DP music teachers

This resource aims to:

  • Present an overview of the changes that have been made to the DP music course.
  • Introduce the core elements of the course, including musical processes, contexts, areas of inquiry, musical roles.
  • Explain and highlight the interactive nature of the framework core elements.
  • Introduce submission requirements and expectations for external and internal assessment.
  • Provide opportunities for developing a course outline.

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Supporting DP mathematics teachers

Brush up your pedagogical knowledge of some of the content in the DP Mathematics: applications and interpretation course. You can find practical teaching ideas and discover how technology can be used to develop conceptual understanding.
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The arts

Effective journaling in DP arts

Develop confidence and skills to bring creative journaling into your classroom. You will have the opportunity to consider your own reflective practices and how you might use them to enhance your students' journal experiences.
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Theory of knowledge (TOK)

Please see below our new TOK eLearning resource series for the 2022 assessment.


Knowledge and technology

This resource introduces you to the “knowledge and technology” theme in the new TOK curriculum.
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The role of ethics in TOK

This resource provides TOK teachers with an opportunity to explore the role of ethics in the new TOK course.
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Knowledge and indigenous societies

This resource provides TOK teachers with an opportunity to explore the optional theme, knowledge and indigenous societies, an exciting feature of the new TOK course.
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TOK across the curriculum

This resource has been designed to accompany the new TOK course for first teaching in 2020. It is aimed at anyone who wants to explore effective ways to make links to TOK across the curriculum—particularly teachers of all DP subjects, DP coordinators and TOK teachers.

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Authorization support nanos

These DP PD resources have been designed as support materials for each programme in the form of six nano sessions. These short, focused materials are aimed to support candidate schools at specific points in their journey through the authorization process and are based on common questions, challenges and the rolling authorization process for each programme.


Projecting your timeline

Welcome to the first nano session in our series of Authorization support resources. In this introduction, we provide an overview and guidance on developing a realistic authorization timeline.

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New to candidacy

This nano is the second in the series of Authorization support resources. The aim of this resource is to provide programme coordinators and other school leaders with information to help you get started with the authorization process. This resource is also useful for coordinators new to the role or new to a school that has already begun its candidacy.

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Making the most of your consultation

Welcome to the third nano in the Authorization support resource series. The aim of this nano is to provide useful information and resources for the consultancy phase, one of the most critical stages in the authorization process. 

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Planning your PD during candidacy

Welcome to the fourth nano in the Authorization support resource series. The aim of this resource is to support you in planning for professional development. This nano provides useful information on the professional development required for candidate schools, as well as the importance of ongoing, meaningful professional development.

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Becoming an IB World School: is it time to apply for authorization?

This fifth nano in the series of Authorization support resources will draw attention to the requirements that need to be in place for authorization. The aim of this nano is to provide you with information about the application for authorization process as well as support schools to make an informed decision on when to submit the Application for Authorization.  

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The verification visit and beyond

Welcome to the sixth Authorization support resource. This nano will focus on the verification visit stage of the authorization process and beyond. In this final nano, we will discuss the preparation and hosting of the verification visit and what to expect in once the visit is complete.

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General Resources

Predicting grades

This resource considers the questions: How do teachers ensure the accuracy of their predictions? What impact can these predictions have on the students and what can you do as a counsellor, coordinator or administrator, to support the student journey?

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