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Registration Open for Special Educational Innovation Opportunity:

If you are designing or redesigning a fully online course that you plan to teach in the next year or two, consider participating in a free year-long learning community to explore and implement research-based online course design and teaching best practices.

Starting fall 2017 and ending spring 2018, participants will collaborate with UW-Madison faculty, instructional staff, and instructional designers through online and face-to-face sessions focused on designing and teaching fully online courses. Note: You can participate for the full academic year or just one semester. Stipends will be provided based on participation in the learning community: $1,500 for participation across two semesters; $750 for one semester.

Learning community participation: The learning community includes two courses: Plan & Design (Fall 2017 Semester) & Facilitation & Management (Spring 2018 Semester). Details about each course explained below.

Apply:  The fall 2017 semester has concluded, however, the spring 2018 semester will begin at the end of January or beginning of February. If you are interested in participating in the spring semester, contact teachonlineuw_staff@lists.wisc.edu to find out of there are still spots available. 

Please Note: This program is only open to UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff who will be teaching fully online courses. Participants will be selected based on impact to UW-Madison and the goals of the instructor to develop a quality online course.

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Online Course Design and Teaching
Faculty Learning Community

TeachOnline@UW is a faculty learning community to share strategies and best practices
to design and teach quality online courses. This program is funded by Educational Innovation and the Division of Continuing Studies.  The program and developed and facilitated by a volunteer, cross-campus committee of instructional staff, including instructional designers and consultants. 
This program was formed to better prepare instructors for the online course development and teaching process.

Goals of the Learning Community

Throughout the learning community, participants complete online units and activities, collaborate online, and then meet face-to-face to share best practices.

The goals of the learning community are to:

  • Provide an authentic online learning experience for faculty and instructional staff
    experience pedagogical and technological best practices.
  • Prepare faculty to meet the challenges of designing and teaching
    quality online courses. 
  • Bring together faculty and instructional staff from across campus to share ideas,
    experiences, successes, and challenges

    2016-17 Participant Reflections

    Listen to what some of the recent TeachOnline@UW graduates have to say about the program and online teaching.*

    Rick Eisenstein, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Stephanie Graham, School of Education
    David Werther, Division of Continuing Studies
    Susan Ottman, College of Engineering
    Tracy Lewis-Williams, College of Letters & Science
    Ian Muelenhaus, College of Letters & Science
    Sharon Gartland, School of Educationg
    Debra Siegenthaler, School of Medicine and Public Health
    Julie Underwood, School of Education

    *Reflections were presented at the TeachOnline@UW culmination celebration held April 24, 2017. Full video available here.

    View 2015-16 Participant Reflections

    about teaching online.

Workshops Provide Active Learning Opportunities

Participants will gain experience as an online student and share ideas and best practices as a learning community to explore more in-depth course design and teaching strategies for managing and facilitating online courses. The learning community is organized into two semester-long courses. You can register for both or just one:

Fall 2017 Plan & Design Series

Topics: Online Course Design, Learning Objectives & Alignment, Assessment & Measurement, Instructional Materials, and Course Activities and Learner Interaction.

Spring 2018 Facilitation Series

Topics: Online Instructor Roles, Supporting eLearners, Communication & Participation, Online Discussions, and Course Management Strategies.

Each workshop includes independent and collaborative activities and is designed so instructors work on their own course as part of the learning. For example, participants identify enduring ideas and build a course design map to help structure their own course design. Participants also complete a journal to reflect on online teaching practices to
help structure plans for facilitating their online course. 

Read more about topics, timelines, and participation and time requirements.

Program Sponsors

The TeachOnline@UW Learning Community is funded by Educational Innovation and the Division of Continuing Studies and developed and facilitated by a cross-campus committee with a mission to provide faculty and instructional staff with support to develop and teach online courses. Committee members include instructional staff from the College of Engineering, the Division of Continuing Studies, the Division of Information Technology Academic Technology, L&S Learning Support Services, School of Education, and UW-Madison Libraries.

For more information or questions, please e-mail teachonlineuw_staff@lists.wisc.edu.