Distance Education Certificate Program

The Provost’s Office is launching a Distance Education Certificate program in June. With the help of the CARES Act and the Provost’s Office, instructors who participate this summer 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 will consist 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.

The first course is called “Teaching with Technology Basecamp” and instructors will earn $150 for completing it. This course widens the scope of the previous Foundations of Teaching in Canvas course to include information on course development in distance environments as well as technical information on 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.

Registration for the first course, Teaching with Technology Basecamp, is now open and you may continue to register throughout the summer. This self-paced course will launch on Monday, June 7 and new registrants will be enrolled every Monday all summer.

While the basecamp will provide essentials, the second course will help guide you in the development of your class. Look for this course after the Fourth of July. Instructors who complete this course over the summer will earn $500.

The second course helps with course development but, as we all know, planning and doing present separate issues. The third course will provide help and support during the teaching of your distance educations course. Look to sign up for this course in August for the Fall Semester. As long as funding lasts, instructors will earn $500 for completing this course.

More details on this opportunity are forthcoming, so instructors are encouraged to stay tuned to The Cowbell and their UWGB email in the coming weeks.

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.