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– Fundamentals of Online Teaching»
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Proven strategies for excellence in online teaching and learning

UW-Madison’s Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) offers online certificates and programs, conference events, and resources to help you develop successful online courses, programs, and training.


Distance Teaching & Learning Blended Conference Certificate
Combining the Fundamentals of Online Teaching (FoOT) certificate with the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, educators with little or no online teaching experience will benefit from this blended orientation to teaching online.
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Professional development certificates in online education: Whether you work in K-12, higher education, corporate, military, or nonprofit organizations, build your knowledge, skills, and expertise in developing and teaching online courses.
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Distance Teaching & Learning Conference: Join us August 9-11, 2016, for the 32nd annual conference. This event brings together an international community of practitioners and researchers to share resources and best practices in the field of distance education. Details»
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Customized professional development courses and certificates: We can work with you and your organization to tailor our online teaching certificates to your specific faculty development or training needs.
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Over 100 years’ experience in educational innovation

UW-Madison has been at the forefront of educational technologies for more than 120 years.


  • 1891 – UW-Madison launches the world’s first correspondence course.
  • 1922 – The campus radio station WHA (America’s first) begins broadcasting “Wisconsin College of the Air” classes for adult learners.
  • 1993 – UW-Madison’s DEPD launches the first-of-its-kind distance education certificate program to help teachers teach using the fledgling World Wide Web.

Today DEPD builds on that century of experience in educational innovation with professional certificates and events that build and enhance proficiency in all aspects of online education so that you can create effective and successful courses, programs, and trainings.


Get complete details about our certificate programs, annual conference, and staff.