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 joining 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. 

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

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Plan & Design
Spring 2020 & Summer 2020 (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
Spring 2020 & Summer 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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