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Proven strategies for excellence in online teaching and learning

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


Professional development certificates in online education: Whether you work in K-12, higher education, corporate, military, or nonprofit organizations, enhance your skills in online teaching with an emphasis on instruction and instructional design. Details»
Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning: Join us August 2015 at the 31st anniversary of this premier event that brings together experts, resources, research, and best practices relevant to the design and delivery of distance education and online teaching. Details»
Customized professional development courses: If you have 10 or more participants, we can work with you and your organization to tailor our online teaching certificate course materials to your specific training needs. Contact us»

Former DEPD curriculum director Erin McCloskey (EdD, Harvard) talks about key concepts and practices of online learning.

Stand out in an increasingly competitive environment

Our certificate programs and events draw on UW-Madison’s unparalleled experience and expertise in serving adult learners.

We build each program’s curriculum on the following cornerstones:

  • Practical: Programs prepare you with foundational knowledge, understandings, and skills that are essential for any instructor or designer working in online environments.
  • High quality: Content reflects only the most reliable, research-based knowledge in the field of online education.
  • Applicable: Knowledge and skills learned from our programs can be immediately applied to create tangible products within your professional context.
  • Peer-connected: Connections with other professionals in the field from across the globe broaden horizons and forge new relationships.

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.