Shaping the future of online learning with more than 100 years’ experience in educational innovation
UW-Madison has been at the forefront of educational technologies for more than 120 years. In 1891 the university launched the world's first correspondence course. In 1922 campus radio station WHA (America’s first) began broadcasting “Wisconsin College of the Air” classes for adult learners.
In 1993 UW-Madison’s Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) unit launched the first-of-its-kind distance education certificate program to help teachers teach using the fledgling World Wide Web.
DEPD builds on that century of experience in educational innovation with professional certificates and events building capacity in all aspects of online education so that you can create more effective and successful courses, programs, and trainings.
DEPD at a glance
Professional Certificate in Online Education: Apply proven strategies to produce online learning applications with emphasis in instruction and instructional design. Details»
K12 Certificate in Online Teaching: Achieve your professional goals with maximum convenience, flexibility, affordability. Details»
Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning: For 30 years, the premier event gathering resources, research, and best practices relevant to distance education/training. Details»
Experienced, expert staff: Renowned academics, expert technologists, and experienced support staff know how to deliver world-class content and learning experiences. Details»
DEPD certificate programs and events draw on UW-Madison’s unparalleled experience serving adult learners and expertise of course developers and instructors.
Through our unique combination of experience, expertise, innovation, and credibility, we can help you deliver the best to your students and stand out in an increasingly competitive environment.
Our goal is to help you succeed by delivering first-hand experience, proven approaches, and best practices. Whether you’re new to the field or bring years of experience, you’ll gain practical knowledge you can put to use immediately to create and manage unique and effective online and blended courses, trainings, seminars, and informal learning opportunities.
We build each program’s curriculum on these cornerstones:
- Practical: DEPD programs prepare you with foundational knowledge, understandings, and skills that are essential for any instructor or designer working in online environments.
- High quality: Course content reflects only the most reliable, research-based knowledge in the field of online education.
- Applicable: Apply new knowledge and skills to your own teaching or design needs to create several tangible products that can be immediately applied to your professional context.
- Marketable: Your certificate ePortfolio serves as a demonstration of your knowledge and skills in online education, which can be shared with current or potential employers or supervisors.
- Expert-connected: DEPD instructional staff, credentialed experts in online education, provide feedback on your ePortfolio and are available for consultation during your coursework.
- Peer-connected: Make connections with other professionals in the field from across the globe.
Who you’ll be working with
Les Howles (MS, University of Oregon) is the Director of Distance Education Professional Development and the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning. In addition, Les designs curriculum, teaches, and evaluates online courses for DEPD online certificate programs. Full bio»
Mike Kern (MS, UW-Madison) is an instructional designer for UW-Madison Continuing Studies. He is a former web and interactive media specialist for public broadcasting, where he spearheaded the first interactive digital TV programs used in public school classrooms. Full bio»
Connie Lent (MS, Pacific Oaks College) is an instructor and course development assistant for the Professional Certificate in Online Education. She has taught online undergraduate and graduate level courses in Human Development and Adult Education, and is adjunct faculty for Madison Area Technical College (Madison College). Full bio»
Dr. Erin McCloskey (EdD, Harvard) is Director of Curriculum at UW-Madison Continuing Studies and a sought-after subject-matter expert in online education. Erin works directly with DEPD programs by designing curriculum, teaching, and evaluating online courses. Full bio»
Kimary Peterson (BA, UW-Eau Claire) is the Conference Manager for the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning. Kimary has worked as Student Activities Advisor at both Madison Area Technical College (Madison College) and UW-Stout where she taught students about planning, logistics, and other managing skills. Full bio»
Bridget Powell (OMDE, University of Maryland University College; MA,NSS, California State University San Bernardino) is Program Manager and Online Instructor for DEPD certificate programs and courses. She is responsible for designing the curriculum, teaching, and evaluating online courses. Full bio»
Bonnie Schmidt (BS, UW-Madison) is Program Associate at DEPD and manages administrative and program support for all DEPD certificates and events. She knows DEPD programs not only as a member of the staff but also as a student, having earned DEPD’s Basic Online Instructor Certificate in 2012. Full bio»