Distance Education Certificate and Course Enrollments (2022-23 AY)

CATL is excited to announce that we are continuing the Distance Education (DE) Certificate program that launched last year! Instructors developing or reworking a course for any of UWGB’s distance education modalities are encouraged to participate and complete the full certificate.

The Distance Education Certificate consists of three courses which act as progressive steps in a sequence. Instructors will earn a digital badge after completing the first and second courses in the series, and the Distance Education Certificate after completing the third course. Qualifying instructors will also earn stipends after completing the second and third courses in the sequence.

Course Availability, Deadlines, & Compensation

Course 1: Learning and Integrating Technology for Education (LITE) 101

  • All full-time instructors will be automatically enrolled in LITE 101 in a cohort based on academic unit. The course will remain open indefinitely, and there is no deadline for completion.
  • Instructors working toward the DE Certificate who complete LITE 101 will be able to enroll in LITE 201 the following semester.
  • LITE 101 is not tied to a stipend.

Course 2: LITE 201 (Trail Guides)

  • Registration for the Fall 2022 cohort of LITE 201 closed September 30, 2022.
  • There will be a future call for a Spring cohort of LITE 201 that will begin in February 2023 and run through May 12, 2023. Stay tuned for more info!
  • Full-time instructors who complete LITE 201 within the 2022-23 academic year will qualify for a $750 stipend.*

Course 3: LITE 301 (Retreats)

  • Registration for the Fall 2022 cohort of LITE 301 closed Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022.
  • An additional cohort will run in Spring 2023. Stay tuned for more info!
  • Full-time instructors who complete LITE 301 within the 2022-23 academic year will qualify for a $750 stipend.*

*To receive compensation, participants must receive approval from their unit chair. Instructors that have already met their maximum overload payment for the academic year do not qualify for compensation.

If you have questions about these courses, please contact CATL at catl@uwgb.edu. If you have questions about compensation or the payment process, please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu.

The first course in the DE Certificate series is called Learning and Integrating Technology for Education (LITE) 101. This self-paced course includes information about the different course modalities offered at UW-Green Bay, as well as the technologies you might use for teaching in each one, including in-person teaching. This course also serves as the foundation of the DE Certificate series because it provides an overview of our specific distance education modalities and the technologies that will help you to be successful in them.

LITE 201: Trail Guides (formerly just called Trail Guides) picks up where the first course leaves off. LITE 201 course centers on developing learning pathways for students. This self-paced course is for you if you would like to explore how to develop distance education courses more systematically. Through LITE 201, you will develop a module for either a synchronous (LITE 201S) or asynchronous (LITE 201A) distance education course. The third course is offered as a cohort-based, semester-long community of practice.

In LITE 301: Retreats (formerly just called Retreats), you will be encouraged to reflect on your own teaching practices. LITE 301 focuses on the process of using feedback, reflection, and scholarly teaching practices to refine classes. You will, for example, explore scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) literature relevant to issues in your course or to revisions or teaching innovations you are considering. You will also engage with several of your colleagues through synchronous and asynchronous activities designed to support your efforts in reflecting on and refining your teaching practices.

DE Certificate: LITE 101 Course

The first course in is the Distance Education Certificate series is called Learning and Integrating Technology for Education (LITE) 101. This self-paced course includes information about the different course modalities offered at UW-Green Bay, as well as the technologies you might use for teaching in each. LITE 101 will serve as the foundation of the DE Certificate series and provide the essentials you need to be successful on the path to building your course if you elect to continue onto the next courses in the DE Certificate series.

Prerequisites: None

Next course in the series: LITE 201: Trail Guides*

*If you completed either Foundations of Teaching with Canvas or Teaching with Technology Basecamp prior to Fall 2022, you already meet the pre-requisites for LITE 201; however, you are encouraged to use LITE 101 as a resource and/or complete the course for a badge because it includes information, such as course modalities, that the other two courses did not.


Every participant who successfully completes LITE 101 will earn a digital badge that you can include in your email signature or embed in online portfolios or resumes as evidence of your commitment to professional development!

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Earning Criteria

    1. Reviewed technology that supports teaching in a specific modality, such as In Person or Virtual Classroom.
    2. Demonstrated how technology can enhance student learning experiences.
    3. Compared and contrasted the different technologies available at UWGB to support student learning experiences.
    4. Identified the technology available at UWGB that supports student learning experiences in their own courses.


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All full-time instructors will be automatically enrolled in LITE 101 in cohorts based on academic unit. Check your email for an invite from University of Wisconsin Canvas or Instructure Canvas (notifications@instructure.com) and click the Get Started link to gain access to the course.

LITE 101 is a self-paced Canvas course organized by module, with one module for each of UWGB’s course modalities. To complete the course, you will need to pass six multiple-choice quizzes with a score of at least 80% or higher and complete the final in-course feedback survey. Doing so will also grant you a digital badge.
Unlike Foundations and Basecamp, LITE 101 covers in detail the various teaching modalities offered at UWGB. Even though there is some content overlap between Foundations, Basecamp, and LITE 101, the resources on course modalities and integrating technology across all modalities will be insightful for instructors who have completed one of these previous self-paced introductory courses.
If you completed Foundations of Teaching with Canvas and/or Teaching with Technology Basecamp prior to Fall 2022, you already meet the prerequisites to take the second course in the DE Certificate sequence, LITE 201: Trail Guides. If you have not completed either of these courses, you will need to complete LITE 101 to continue in the DE Certificate sequence.

The DE Certificate consists of three consecutive courses: LITE 101, LITE 201: Trail Guides, and LITE 301: Retreats. LITE 101 is replacing Basecamp in the certificate series as of Fall 2022. Learn more about the Distance Education Certificate.

LITE 101 is not being offered for compensation, however, the stipends for LITE 201: Trail Guides and LITE 301: Retreats have been increased to $750 each for the 2022-23 academic year. As a result, instructors will earn more for those two classes ($1500 total) than they used to for the three-class sequence ($1150).

Yes! All UWGB staff and faculty are welcome to take the LITE 101 course. We hope this course can be a resource to help educators at our institution familiarize themselves with UWGB's modalities and the technologies that support them, including Canvas. If you are not a full-time instructor but would still like to be enrolled in LITE 101, please email CATL (CATL@uwgb.edu).



If you have any questions about LITE 101 or the Distance Education Certificate in general, please contact CATL (CATL@uwgb.edu).

Call for Teaching Enhancement Grant Proposals (Due Monday, Nov 14, 2022)

The Instructional Development Council (IDC) is accepting applications for Teaching Enhancement Grants (TEG), through support from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. The Teaching Enhancement Grant program is designed to support professional development activities that will enhance a faculty member’s teaching skills or result in the development of innovative teaching strategies.

Faculty and instructional academic staff whose primary responsibility is teaching for the current academic year are strongly encouraged to apply! Applications are due Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. Click the button below for full details.


Call for 2023 Instructional Development Institute (Applications Due Monday, Nov. 14; IDI is Jan. 10th, 2023)

Introduction to IDI Theme

Cultivating student success in higher education requires the interconnected efforts of an entire university working toward shared goals. We are all needed to create the conditions that support students’ success through their growth in intellectual, socio-emotional, civic, cultural, professional, creative, or other realms. Although there is no single answer as to how universities can ensure students are successful, there are a variety of consistent, small, and transformative practices institutions of higher learning can employ to support students across their campuses. Innovation is occurring across all four of our UW-Green Bay campuses, from the ever-evolving classroom environment to novel advising and teaching approaches to administrative and policy changes. This year the Instructional Development Institute seeks to highlight and celebrate the ways all members of our university community support the success of students.

Call for Proposals

The call for applications has closed, however, we hope you will register to join us virtually for the conference on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023!

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the Instructional Development Council at UW-Green Bay invite applications to present at the virtual Instructional Development Institute on January 10th, 2023, on the topic of “Cultivating Student Success.” We encourage applications that showcase strategies and practices both instructors and staff members have used to promote student strengths and address teaching and learning challenges. We also look forward to collaborative proposals that display the interconnected actions of faculty and staff. We encourage interested presenters to think broadly about topics, as cultivating student success is multifaceted and occurs in every aspect of campus life. Here are just a few possibilities: effective teaching strategies, first-generation college student programs, inclusive learning environments, college student mental health, universal design, open educational resources (OER), strategic advising, increased educational access, culturally-responsive pedagogies, high impact practices (HIPs), mentoring, and information literacy. 

There are multiple ways to participate, so please apply for the session format below that best suits you. Collaborators from other institutions are welcome to join proposals which include a UW-Green Bay presenter, and we are opening attendance at the IDI to other schools. 

How to Apply

The call for applications closed on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022.

Decide on your preferred format. You will be asked to provide your name(s), a description of your project, and your desired format. 

Submissions will be evaluated based on the clarity and quality of ideas, relevance to the theme, and potential to engage audience members.


  • Live Presentation (20-25 minutes): A short, live presentation on a pedagogical or student success topic that participants wish to share. 
  • Panel Presentation (45-50 minutes): A small group of panelists presenting a shared topic around a specific pedagogical or student success topic followed by a live Q & A.  
  • Round Table Discussion (45-50 minutes): Presenters facilitate a focused conversation around a specific pedagogical or student success question, challenge, technique, or tool. You may apply individually or as a group. 


  • On-Demand Interactive Sessions: These sessions could consist of papers, posters, or pre-recorded presentations (up to 20 minutes long), with an online discussion board for Q & A or PlayPosit interactions. On-demand sessions will open at the beginning of the conference and run until the end of the conference. 


If you have questions about proposals, submissions, or the IDI in general, please reach out to us at CATL@uwgb.edu!

Photo of the 2019 cohort for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program

Call for 2023-24 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program (Applications Due Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022)

The UWGB Provost Office and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, on behalf of the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development, invite faculty and instructional academic staff to apply for the 2023-24 cohort of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS) Program.

This program is designed to provide time (one year) to systematically reflect with peers in a supportive and open-minded community and, ultimately, to move from “scholarly teaching” to the “scholarship of teaching.” Administered by the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) and directed by UW faculty, the WTFS Program is grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Read more about the WTFS Program on the OPID site.

Interested applicants should submit items 1-5 below as separate attachments to one email message. That email should be sent to CATL (CATL@uwgb.edu) with the subject line “WTFS Application” by Nov. 29, 2022. The reference letter can be submitted directly to the CATL email by your Department Chair or Dean, but it is also due by Nov. 29. The full list of required materials is below:

  1. Application checklist;
  2. A letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the WTFS Program (two-page maximum);
  3. A teaching & learning philosophy as it intersects with equity, diversity, and inclusion (three-page maximum);
  4. An abbreviated curriculum vitae (two-page maximum);
  5. This budget sheet estimating costs using UW System travel reimbursement rates (Note: please use this 2022-23 form but also include $320 for an in-person, not virtual, spring conference; selected applicants will have their budget signed and approved by the Provost on a 2023-24 form);
  6. A reference letter from your Department Chair or Dean (can be directly emailed to CATL@uwgb.edu).

As always, let us know if you have any questions via email: CATL@uwgb.edu.