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 who are new to online teaching and need an orientation to teaching in the online environment.


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 8:30-11:30 am on August 7), and post-conference coursework which includes the completion of a final project.

 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. 

– 2017 Conference Blended Certificate participant in the Fundamentals of Online Teaching

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 17-September 4

Face-to-face certificate session: Tuesday, August 7, 8:30-11:30 am

Fee: $995

Completed certificate includes:

  • 5 CEUs (Continuing education units, 50 instruction hours, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Digital badge
  • Paper certificate and completion packet

Certificate Instructors and Facilitators

Janet Staker Woerner, Ph.D., Program Manager and Course Instructor, UW-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies, Distance Education Professional DevelopmentJanet 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. In addition, she has been a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer since 2016.

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

Karin is a PhD candidate in Curriculum & Instruction-Digital Media. Her dissertation is investigating strategies of student engagement in online courses through the lens of participatory cultures (Jenkins et al., 2006). She hopes to inspire online instructors to use innovative pedagogical strategies that emphasize student agency and incorporate production-oriented learning activities. “I think we need to see a major shift in online teaching and learning – one that encourages learners to participate in knowledge-production and sharing as a community, rather than one that emphasizes delivery and consumption of information by individual students.”

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The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Madison and organized by Distance Teaching & Learning, Division of Continuing Studies.