Fundamentals of Online Teaching Certificate

About this certificate

Making the transition from classroom instruction to teaching online involves adopting a whole new set of teaching and course management skills. This certificate provides you with a foundation in the pedagogy of online instruction focusing on key terminology, principles, and practices. You will explore practical guidelines for designing and teaching online courses, including strategies to facilitate active, participatory, and engaging online learning experiences. The certificate will include a hands-on project which you will apply to your own teaching situation.

Who should attend?

This certificate is designed for educators in the academic or business space who are new to online teaching and need an orientation to teaching in the online environment. For example:

  • Faculty who are new to online teaching
  • Business trainers who want an orientation to teaching in the online environment
  • Department chairs and program directors new to online teaching


This certificate requires self-paced online pre-conference coursework, attendance at the DT&L Conference (including a 3-hour face-to-face certificate session from 8:30-11:30am on August 6), and post-conference coursework which includes the completion of a final project.

At a glance

Estimated total time: 50 hours (approx. 30 hours of online coursework + 20 hours attending the DT&L Conference, including the face-to-face certificate session

Online coursework: July 16-September 3

Face-to-face certificate session: Tuesday, August 6, 8:30-11:30am

Fee: $1,095

Completed certificate includes:

  • 5 CEUs (Continuing education units, 30hrs of online coursework +20hrs attending the DT&L Conference, including the face-to-face certificate session)
  • Digital badge
  • Digital certificate and completion packet

 This was one of the best professional development opportunities I have participated in. Both the Conference Certificate and Distance Teaching & Learning Conference were well-organized and provided me with new knowledge that I can apply in my work. 

– Conference Blended Certificate participant in the Fundamentals of Online Teaching

Certificate Instructors and Facilitators

Janet Staker Woerner

Janet Staker Woerner, PhD
Program Manager and Course Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Janet Staker Woerner is an online instructor and program manager for Distance Education Professional Development in the Division of Continuing Studies. Prior to joining UW-Madison, Janet served as the Business Department Chair in a higher education environment as well as a consultant/practitioner for businesses. She has taught online since 2004 for graduate and undergraduate courses, professional development certificates, and corporate training. Janet holds a master’s degree in marketing from Illinois Institute of Technology and a doctorate in education with an emphasis in technology from Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education. Janet’s research stream is in the area of social media, digital credentialing, and artificial intelligence. In addition, she has been a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer since 2016.

Karin Spader, PhD Candidate
Curriculum & Instruction-Digital Media, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Karin Spader, PhD (ABD), is a Faculty Associate with the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Karin has her MS in Experimental Psychology, a MA in Sociology, and is currently finishing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. Her dissertation presents a new model for online course design and evaluation that emphasizes student agency and social learning. She has over ten years of experience teaching undergraduate online courses and researching best practices for student engagement and peer-to-peer learning.