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Fundamentals of Online Teaching Badge

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Make the transition to teaching online with the Fundamentals of Online Teaching Badge Program at UW–Madison, a foundational introduction to the growing field of online education.


Is this program right for you?

The UW–Madison Fundamentals of Online Teaching Badge is designed for those who are new to the field of distance education or who are considering teaching in this dynamic and expanding world of online learning. This basic overview provides a launching point into the field as you learn about the strategies and tools used by successful and experienced online educators.

The badge is taught completely online, enabling you to choose the time and place to learn. You’ll review established models, best practices, and strategies for teaching online and be part of an online learning community. Teachers and trainers at all levels tell us that this online learning experience better prepared them to enter into the world of online teaching.

Taking just six weeks to complete, the program is designed to be cost- and time-effective. The badge encompasses six modules; each module includes instruction, readings, reflective activities, knowledge checks, and an assignment. You’ll complete a project based on a course you currently teach or would like to develop. Experts in distance education provide regular feedback to students during the program as well as a comprehensive evaluation of the final course project.

Is this program right for you?

The UW–Madison Fundamentals of Online Teaching Badge is designed for those who are new to the field of distance education or who are considering teaching in this dynamic and expanding world of online learning. This basic overview provides a launching point into the field as you learn about the strategies and tools used by successful and experienced online educators.

The badge is taught completely online, enabling you to choose the time and place to learn. You’ll review established models, best practices, and strategies for teaching online and be part of an online learning community. Teachers and trainers at all levels tell us that this online learning experience better prepared them to enter into the world of online teaching.

Taking just six weeks to complete, the program is designed to be cost- and time-effective. The badge encompasses six modules; each module includes instruction, readings, reflective activities, knowledge checks, and an assignment. You’ll complete a project based on a course you currently teach or would like to develop. Experts in distance education provide regular feedback to students during the program as well as a comprehensive evaluation of the final course project.

Registration information

How you'll learn

  • Complete six online modules.
  • Interact with classmates in online discussions to share ideas about tactics and practices for teaching in the online classroom.
  • Use a course of your choice to complete a final project.

Sample curriculum

  • Online Course Models and Principles
  • Understanding the Online Learner
  • Role of the Online Instructor
  • Planning Online Course Content
  • Planning Online Activities
  • Course Management Strategies

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