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.

Self-Paced Course: Pivotal Pedagogies (Jan. 2021)

This self-paced course helps instructors strategize ways to help all students be full course participants if they engage synchronously or asynchronously.  

🎯 Learning Outcomes 

  • Participants will plan to incorporate students synchronously and asynchronously in one of their courses. 
  • Participants will explore inclusive teaching strategies: Universal Design, and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 

⏳ Time commitment

This self-paced course takes about ten hours to complete

🔨 Deliverable 

Participants will develop an “online core” for their classes that articulate how they will incorporate students synchronously and asynchronously. 

💵 Compensation 

Participants will earn $500 for completing their online core. 

🔑 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. 

Foundations of Teaching with Canvas: On-Your-Own Edition

CATL has a new self-paced course available!

Learn about how Canvas can support your in-person, hybrid, blended, or online course in this on-your-own, asynchronous course. After completing the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Use the core tools of Canvas – discussions, quizzes, assignments, grades, pages, and modules – within the context of how you’d like to teach your courses.
  • Use the communication tools bundled in Canvas – discussions, announcements, chat, Blackboard Collaborate, and Kaltura – to stay connected with your students.
  • Use Canvas to present course materials and assess student learning.

You’ll engage with these topics as you work through the Foundations course, applying them to one of your own concluded courses or an empty “master” course for future use. Participants that choose to confirm their completion of the training course by submitting their work will be eligible for a digital badge indicating their professional development efforts as well as opening further advanced training opportunities.

Signing Up

To sign up for the Foundations of Teaching with Canvas course, follow these steps:

  1. Open this link, https://uws-td.instructure.com/enroll/6GACEA.
  2. Sign in with your UW-Green Bay username and password.
  3. Once signed in, click on the [Enroll in Course]
  4. You’re now enrolled in the course as a student. Click on [Go to the Course] to begin immediately.

If you enroll in the course and can’t find it later, refer to this guide from Canvas on adding courses to your Dashboard.

Advanced Trainings – Summer 2020

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) is partnering with faculty facilitators to run a series of our Advanced “Core-hort” Course in late July and August. All eligible instructors who complete the course will receive a $1000 stipend.

In this advanced course, core-horts will come together to create a plan for an “online core” for their classes (building a core with a cohort = core-hort). This online core builds on the knowledge from Foundations of Teaching with Canvas and enables instructors to have the flexibility to offer full course citizenship to all students. The first week provides you space, colleagues, and resources to help you consider how to design your course to promote student learning of outcomes across multiple modalities and to explicitly tackle issues of equity, access, and inclusivity during times of crises. This portion of the course is asynchronous, though faculty facilitators and cohorts can opt to include synchronous meetings.

During the second week, each cohort will further explore strategies to help you cope with specific challenges presented by your discipline, your course, or your preferred teaching methods when pivoting between modalities. This part of the course will likely include virtual synchronous meetings, but we will provide asynchronous alternatives for those unable to attend.

By the end of this two-week course, you will:

  • Be able to articulate a plan for at least 5 weeks of your course’s online core.
  • Build out an element of your course plan that tackles the pedagogical challenge inherent in your cohort’s theme by designing a rough draft of a course module.
  • Have engaged in a series of brief reflections with peers on the challenges you foresee, your plan to tackle these, and the choices you made as you begin to build out your course plan.

We expect a 15-20 hour commitment from the participants.

You may be wondering: “How do I choose which cohort to join?” To some extent, your availability during the summer might influence which cohorts you may join, but if you have the flexibility, you might consider choosing based on the pedagogical challenges we’ve identified based on feedback from students, instructors, department chairs, associate deans, and deans.

  • Applied and Experiential Learning Cohort: If you teach studios, labs, performance, or use demonstrations frequently in your courses, you may wish to join this cohort. CATL and our co-facilitators, Amy Kabrhel and Kerry Kuenzi, can help you grapple with the “how’s,” from doing labs in a kitchen or facilitating best-practices for critique; to the “why’s” of choosing asynchronous over synchronous activities.
  • First-year Seminar Cohort: If you plan to teach a first-year seminar or a course that is often a part of the first-year experience, you may wish to join the First-year Seminar cohort. You will work with fellow FYS instructors, CATL, and co-facilitator Vince Lowery, the Director for Student Success and Engagement.
  • Large Lecture Course Cohort: If your large lecture course was moved online, or if you have a fully online course already planned, you may wish to choose this cohort; you will work with CATL and Katia Levintova as the faculty co-facilitators.
  • Learner-Centered Discussion Cohort: If you teach upper-division courses, foreign language courses, capstones, or seminar style courses, and you’re excited to explore different student engagement techniques with CATL and co-facilitator Jen Schanen-Materi, you may wish to join this group.

  • Pivotal Pedagogy Cohort: If you anticipate needing to move fluidly between multiple modalities, or your availability doesn’t allow you to join another cohort, you’ll find support from your colleagues in CATL, and our co-facilitators Alan Chu and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst.
Cohort Dates Registration Link
Applied & Experiential Learning July 27 – Aug 10;
Aug 10 – Aug 24
First Year Seminars July 27 – Aug 10;
Aug 3 – Aug 17
Large Lectures – Online July 20 – Aug 3 Register
Learner-Centered Discussions Jul 20 – Aug 3;
Aug 3 – Aug 17
Pivotal Pedagogy Jul 27 – Aug 10;
Aug 3 – Aug 17;
Aug 10 – Aug 24


All UW-Green Bay instructors are eligible to engage in our Advanced Core-hort Course, but you must first either complete the Foundations of Teaching with Canvas course or apply to “opt-out” of that course. Note that you should complete the Foundations course one week prior to the start of your Advance Core-Hort so that the CATL team has time to provide you feedback. For more information about the Foundations course, and to sign up, click here: More information about Foundations