Distance Education Certificate Program

The Provost’s Office has launched a Distance Education Certificate program. With the help of the CARES Act and the Provost’s Office, instructors who participate will earn stipends for completing courses in the program. Anyone developing or reconfiguring a course for any of the distance education modalities is encouraged to participate.

The certificate program consists of three courses. Instructors will earn stipends after completing each of the courses, which act as steps in the certification sequence. Instructors will earn a badge after completing the first and second courses in the sequence, and the distance education certificate after completing the third course.


Course Availability & Deadlines

  1. January 2022: Registration for Teaching with Technology Basecamp & Course Design Trail Guides is open!
    • note: Distance Education Retreats is only available in Fall & Spring.
  2. Spring 2022: Registration for Teaching with Technology Basecamp, Course Design Trail Guides, and Distance Education Retreats is open! (links to register below).

To comply with HR policy, after registering, CATL will reach out to your unit chair so they can approve your participation. Once approved, you will receive an email welcoming you to the course. We encourage registrants to finish the course before the end of the semester in which they enroll, or reapply for a subsequent semester to complete the course. For example,

  • Fall registrants should finish before Dec. 10, 2021
  • January registrants can begin Jan. 3, 2022 and must finish by Jan 21, 2022
  • Spring registrants can begin Jan. 24 and must finish by May 13, 2022

If you have questions about the course, please contact CATL at catl@uwgb.edu. If you have any questions about the approval process, please contact HR at hr@uwgb.edu.

Tents illuminated from within on a dark night.The first course is called Teaching with Technology Basecamp. This course includes information on course development in distance environments as well as technical information on Canvas and the various physical and digital rooms instructors will use for teaching distance education courses. As a basecamp, it will provide the essentials you need to be successful on the path to building your course.

Register for “Basecamp” Here

While the basecamp will provide essentials, the second course, called Distance Education Trail Guides, picks up where the first course leaves off. The trail guides course centers on developing learning pathways for students. This course is for you if you have completed the basecamp and would like to explore more systematically how to develop distance education courses. You will be able to choose from one of two options: developing a synchronous course or developing an asynchronous course.

Register for “Trail Guides” Here

The second course helps with course development but, as we all know, planning and doing present separate issues.

A geodesic retreat in the woods.In the third course, Distance Education Retreats, you will participate in a community of practice that provides help and support during the teaching of your distance educations course while also exploring a topic of interest related to the teaching of your distance education course.

Register for “DE Retreats” Here

Course: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Action (Jan. 4-18)

👓 Description

This course is for instructors who understand the basic principles of culturally responsive pedagogy and would like to engage in more substantive integration of CRP within their existing courses. The purpose of this course is to support instructors in moving from positive dispositions regarding CRP to its meaningful application in relationships to teaching and learning. Instructors will earn a stipend upon completion.

Time commitment

This course is fully online and asynchronous, but will also have opportunities for participants to participate in optional synchronous discussions.

💵 Compensation

Participants will earn $1000 upon completing course deliverables. 

🔑 To register 

Please see our registration form to register for this or any other January program.

Course: “Streaming/Recording Classrooms” (Jan. 4–18)

This course is for instructors who have been assigned to a technology enhanced classroom and want foundational knowledge to successfully integrate elements of this technology into their spring classes while engaging with best practice in distance and blended/hybrid instruction.

👓 Description

Shortly before this most recent fall semester began, technology was installed in twenty classrooms across all campus locations that allows instructors to both live stream and easily record their class sessions. The purpose of this training course is to provide instructors assigned to these rooms in the spring semester a foundational knowledge to successfully integrate elements of this technology into their spring classes while engaging with best practice in distance and blended/hybrid instruction. Some activities will be “live,” but participants may choose to participate remotely or asynchronously on their own time.

🎯 Learning outcomes 

  • Participants will discover ways that they might best use the rooms to fit their teaching technique.
  • Participants will develop strategies for engaging remote students through the technology.
  • Participants will incorporate technologies which complement the streaming technologies of the classroom.

⏳ Time commitment

This is a two-week course running Jan. 4–18. We anticipate that participants will engage with the training course on and off throughout the two week period as they design and develop their spring courses.

🔨 Deliverable

Participants will develop a lesson which they deliver to their peers. They will also offer structured feedback to their colleagues. 

💵 Compensation

Participants will earn $500 for developing and delivering a practice lesson and offering feedback to their peers. 

🔑 To register

Please see our registration form to register for this or any other January program.

Self-Paced Course: Foundations of Teaching with Canvas

This self-paced course is for those who are unfamiliar with Canvas and would like to start building their courses from a solid foundation. 

🎯 Learning outcomes 

  • Participants will explore the key tools of Canvas: discussions, gradebook, assignment, quizzes, and pages. 
  • Participants will implement course elements in Canvas while learning about them.

⏳ Time commitment

  • This self-paced course takes about five hours to complete.
  • We ask that those who sign up at this time complete the course by the end of May, 2021.

🔨 Deliverable 

Participants will develop the beginnings of a course in Canvas using a guided checklist to demonstrate mastery of the core functions of Canvas. One of the CATL staff will review the course you’re working on with a rubric that is available within Foundations.

💵 Compensation 

Participants will earn $150 for completing their Canvas course checklist.

🔑 To register 

Please see our registration form to register for this program.