Preparing to Teach Online Conference Certificate

About this certificate

Preparing to Teach Online is an accelerated course intended to jumpstart online instructors’ course preparation process. In this course, participants will gain practical skills for designing online courses, create a variety of interactive learning activities and develop a plan for a successful online teaching experience. This course offers both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for engagement, emphasizing collaboration among a community of learners, and culminates in the award of a digital badge if criteria are successfully met.

Who should attend?

This certificate is designed for instructors who have an existing course ready to prepare for online delivery, are new to online teaching, and are interested in online engagement strategies, tools, and technologies.


Instructors will need to come to this class with a planned future course, including: course description and learning outcomes (course does not have to be fully developed or previously taught).

This collaborative certificate requires online asynchronous pre-conference coursework, attendance at the DT&L Conference (including a virtual 3-hour face-to-face certificate session) and post-conference coursework which includes the completion of a final project.

At a glance

Estimated total time: 40 hours (approx. 20 hours of online coursework + 20 hours attending the DT&L Conference, including the virtual face-to-face certificate session and reflective activity).

Online coursework: July 27–August 30

Face-to-face certificate session: Friday, July 30, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Fee: $599

Completed certificate includes:

  • 4 Total CEUs (2-Continuing education units for 20 hrs of online coursework + 2 CEU for 20 hrs attending the DT&L Conference, including the virtual face-to-face certificate session and reflective activity).
  • Digital badge & certificate.

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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

Karin A. Spader, PhD
Faculty Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Karin A. Spader (PhD, UW-Madison) is a faculty associate at LDDI. She designs and facilitates professional development programs for UW-Madison faculty teaching online courses. Karin also supports the Distance Teaching and Learning conference and certificate programs. Prior to joining UW-Madison she was a faculty member at several institutions of higher learning and has been teaching online since 2008. Karin’s research focuses on identifying strategies for designing online courses as participatory learning environments.