Professional Development Opportunities and Resources for Teaching Remotely

While we are still working through a great deal of uncertainty as we plan for fall, one thing we know for sure is that we are committed to helping you offer a rich and robust student learning experience – no matter the course delivery mode. Some of you have already been continuing to teach remotely this summer, while others may be wanting to prepare for the likelihood of needing to do so this fall and beyond. We have put together a variety of opportunities and resources to support your needs as you work to design and offer quality remote learning experiences.

  • Preparing to Teach Online Week-Long Bootcamp – Learn the most important components for a successful online learning experience in this new, intensive course intended for instructors new to teaching remotely. Open to instructors planning to teach remotely summer 2020 or beyond. Course offerings: June 16-22, June 23-29, July 7-13, July 21-27, Aug. 11-17, and Aug. 25-31. Register now.
  • TeachOnline@UW – Facilitation and Management Course (15-20 hours over 4-weeks) – Experience what it’s like to be an “online student” while exploring and applying strategies to communicate and connect with online learners and successfully manage an online course. Open to instructors teaching online, credit-based courses in fall 2020 or beyond. Course dates: July 27-Aug. 26. Register by July 13 to ensure consideration. Both TeachOnline@UW courses will be offered again in fall 2020 and spring 2021.
  • Active Teaching Labs – Share experiences with other instructors on how to motivate, engage, and more effectively teach students with the help of teaching tools. Upcoming labs will focus particularly on remote instruction and learning. View upcoming labs.  
  • 36th Annual (Virtual) Distance Teaching & Learning Conference – Attend virtual sessions on evidence-based practice, educational innovation, and practical applications of theories and research findings in the field of online learning. Conference dates: Aug. 3-7. Register for free with discount code: KQX4693. (Must be a UW-Madison employee to use this code).

All of these opportunities and resources can be found on the Instructional Continuity website, in addition to a variety of self-paced resources such as recorded webinars and short, topic-specific guides. The site will continue to be updated as additional offerings are announced throughout the summer and into fall.

Please contact us with questions about these resources or other instructional continuity needs at

– Steve Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning