Online Teaching Workshops

Two new workshops are being offered free to UW-Madison instructors who will be developing and teaching online courses. Since space is limited, preference will be given to those who have received Online Summer Course Development or Educational Innovation funds.

  • TeachOnline@UW: Getting Started
    • New to developing a fully online course? Get a jump-start to designing your online course during this summer 2014 workshop. 
    • Participate in several modules online and then attend a one-day workshop on June 4, 2014.
  • TeachOnline@UW: Facilitation
    • Collaborate with other UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff to experience learning online while exploring best practices and technologies for teaching online.
    • Participate in a completely online workshop during the 2015 winter break. Or join others during the spring 2015 semester to share best practices during online and face-to-face sessions.

Registration: You can register for one or both of these interactive workshops. Please register online by April 14, 2014.

These workshops are offered by a cross-campus committee with a mission to provide faculty and instructional staff with support to develop and teach online courses. Committee members include instructional staff from the College of Engineering, the Division of Continuing Studies, the Division of Information Technology Academic Technology, L&S Learning Support Services, and UW-Madison Libraries. 

For more information or questions, please e-mail

TeachOnline@UW: Getting Started

(online modules + one-day workshop)

New to developing a fully online course?  Get a jump start on your online course design during this summer 2014 workshop that will take place both online and during a day-long orientation. Participants will experience and explore research-based instructional approaches, explore online course design best practices, and also begin building an online course plan.

Time Commitment and Description

Online Modules: Approximately 7 hours 
Modules available May 21, 2014

Experience being an online “student” during brief online, asynchronous modules that can be completed anytime over a two-week period before the day-long, face-to-face workshop. Participants will:

  • Explore how an online course can transform teaching and learning.
  • Experience online course activities and instructional approaches.
  • Identify enduring ideas, skills, or abilities that students will remember five years or more after the course.

Face-to-Face Workshop: 7 hours
Date: June 4, 2014
Time: 8:15 to 4:30
Location: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

Share and consider best practices for online course design and development with experienced online instructors and campus experts. Participants will:

  • Orient to the online development process and support resources that are available.
  • Begin drafting a one-week instructional plan using evidence and research-based best practices.
  • Align a course topic, objective, assessment, instructional materials, and learning activities.
  • Imagine potential educational technologies to foster active learning.

Total time commitment: Approximately 14 hours

Important Dates:

  • Please register by April 14, 2014.
  • This workshop series will take place over the summer 2014 term.
  • All who register will be notified of acceptance into the workshop along with participation details no later than April 30, 2014.

TeachOnline@UW: Facilitation

(Two options: fully online workshop or meet online and in-person)

Collaborate with other UW-Madison faculty and staff to experience learning online while exploring best practices and technologies for teaching online. Participants can select activities to meet their specific teaching needs, including:

  • Develop a facilitation plan to manage course workload.
  • Plan strategies for effective student communication and engagement.
  • Create a checklist of essential preparation tasks prior to teaching an online course.
  • Develop engaging online discussions and facilitate student participation.
  • Start to create a syllabus tailored for an online course.

Time Commitment and Description

Option 1: The workshop series consists of brief online, asynchronous modules that will be facilitated and collaborative during a two-week period. The specific activities participants choose, however, can be completed any time before teaching an online course. The time commitment is dependent on the content and activities selected by the participants based on teaching needs and interests.

Option 2: Online and face-to-face sessions over spring 2015 semester: Collaborate with UW-Madison faculty, instructional staff, instructional designers and learning technologists through online and face-to-face sessions focused on teaching and facilitating fully online courses. Complete 2-3 hours per week of online course activities during the semester and also meet for 1.5 hours face-to-face every other week to discuss best practices. Dates would be chosen based on participants' availability.

Important Dates:

  • It is recommended to take this workshop at least two months before teaching an online course.
  • Please register by April 14, 2014. Details will be provided before the workshop begins.