UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI

The Online Teaching Short Course (OTSC) is intended to help educators more effectively facilitate an online course. The OTSC is facilitated by Rich Berg of Learning Technology Services. This course will assist UW-Stout instructors in approaching and managing the online teaching environment. It provides a basic foundation for teaching online and is hosted in the Learn@UW-Stout (D2L) Learning Management System. Upon completion of the OTSC, participants will have completed course components for inclusion in their online course and developed strategies for facilitating the online learning experience.

Goal of the Online Teaching Short Course: Participants will gain expertise to more effectively facilitate their online courses.


  • Participants will create three online learning elements/activities for their online course, including a script for an introduction video, an online course syllabus, and discussion grading rubric.
  • Participants will investigate a non-LMS tool and make notes on its possibilities for enhancing learning in an online course.
  • Participants will choose instructional strategies that are compatible with their online course goals/objectives, their technology strengths and skill set.
  • Participants will be exposed to student perspectives on what constitutes quality in an online course.

The OTSC is designed for UW-Stout instructors new to online teaching or who would like a refresher focused on managing the online learning environment.. Participants should be familiar with the LEARN@UW-Stout learning management system prior to enrolling in the short course. Please note: This course is not a how-to course about LEARN@UW-Stout (LMS).

Online Teaching Short Course Format and Time Commitment:
This offering of the Online Teaching Short Course is being delivered in a compressed two-week format, but it can be completed over a long weekend (i.e., three to five days), if desired. It consists of four modules designed to enhance the online teaching experience and course. Participants should expect to spend a minimum of three hours on each module. Each module involves both reading and activities that focus on the creation of artifacts that can be used in your online course. The modules are:

♦    Introduction     ♦     Course Management     ♦      Online Strategies     ♦     Favorite Practices


  • Register by: December 18, 2015

  • Pre-course information will be sent: December 31, 2015

  • Course begins: January 4, 2016

  • Course ends: January 17, 2016