Participant Quotes

Online Course Design and Teaching
Faculty Learning Community

Registration Open for Special Educational Innovation Opportunities:

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 faculty learning community to explore and implement research-based online course design and teaching best practices. Participants collaborate with UW-Madison instructors and instructional designers through online and face-to-face sessions focused on designing and teaching fully online courses.

The learning community includes two courses (Participate in one or both courses:
review overview details of both courses

Offered Fall 2018 and Summer 2019

Plan & Design is
an immersive and collaborative faculty learning community that helps an instructor plan, design, and begin building a quality online course. It is an opportunity to make significant progress on developing or redesigning an online course.

Topics include: Online Course Design, Learning Objectives & Alignment, Assessment & Measurement, Instructional Materials, and Course Activities and Learner Interaction. See Fall 2018 Details.

Start planning for a special summer session where you will make significant progress on your online course. See Summer 2019 Immersive Details.

Offered Spring 2019

Facilitation & Management is a faculty learning community that explores techniques, strategies, and practice that will help you identify and hone your plan for connecting with students and managing your live online course. 

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

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.

Apply Here

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 Education
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.

Goals of the Learning Community

Participants complete online modules and activities, collaborate online, and then
meet face-to-face or via live webinars to share best practices.

The goals of the learning community are to:

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

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. Each course includes independent and collaborative activities and is designed so instructors work on their own course as part of the learning. 

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 School of Medicine and Public Health.

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