Instructors meet online and in-person to experience and share best practices.

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.

Collaborate with UW-Madison instructors and instructional designers through online modules and face-to-face sessions focused on designing and teaching fully online courses.

Goals of the Learning Community

  • Provide an authentic online learning environment 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.

The learning community includes two courses: “Plan & Design” and “Facilitation & Management.” You can participate in one or both.

Note: Stipends will be provided based on completion of the learning community courses: $1,500 for completing two courses; $750 for completing one course. To support instructors in developing quality online courses, applicants who do not have course development funding yet meet department and campus strategic needs may be selected to apply for instructional design assistance and course development funds to complete their online course, and participate in course evaluations and quality reviews.

For questions, please contact theTeachOnline@UW  project manager, Karen Skibba, at

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Plan & Design
Fall 2019 (details below)
Applications being accepted
Online Self-Paced and In-Person Sessions

Plan, design, and begin building a quality online course. This is an opportunity to make significant progress on developing or redesigning an online course.

Topics: organizing an online course, developing learning objectives, assessment strategies, instructional materials, and learning activities

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Facilitation & Management
Summer 2019 and Spring 2020 (details below)
Applications being accepted
Online Self-Paced and In-Person Sessions

Explore and put into practice techniques, strategies, and practices to identify and hone your plan for connecting with students and managing your live online course.

Topics: managing course workload, planning student communication, building online learning communities, creating orientation materials, and facilitating student participation and engagement

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