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November 8, 2018

Make 2019 Your Year To Learn More

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Distance Teaching & Learning
Certificate Courses Start February 2019
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Want to grow and support your online courses and programs?
Want to keep more of your existing students and find new students through distance education?

Distance Teaching & Learning (DT&L) professional development courses from the University of Wisconsin–Madison can strengthen your skills and help you and your institution thrive.

Whether it’s becoming an effective, strategic‑minded administrator or a knowledgeable, supportive online instructor, we have the courses and certificates that you need!

Professional Certificate in Online Education
Feb 12‑Jun 10, 2019

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Online Education Administration
Feb 5‑25, 2019

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Fundamentals of Online Teaching 
Feb 5‑Mar 18, 2019

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Creating Presence in Online Courses
Mar 5‑Apr 1, 2019

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Seats are limited, so reserve yours today!
“Great course! Great instructors! A great way to really take your instructional design and instruction to a transformational level.”
– Leah Mason, University of Alaska Southeast
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Questions? Contact Janet Staker Woerner • depd@dcs.wisc.edu • 608‑890‑3038
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October 6, 2018

End The Year With A Skills Boost!

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Distance Teaching and Learning
There’s still time to grow your online teaching skills in 2018
If you’re an online instructor or administrator, our professional development courses are for you! Taught by experts in the field, they offer evidence‑based principles, individualized feedback, a chance to connect with peers, and practical insights you can apply to your own online courses.
Creating Presence in Online Courses
Oct 9‑Nov 5
Learn how to keep students engaged in your course from start to finish. Discover design frameworks and other tools to help you promote student engagement at a distance.
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Online Education Administration
Oct 30‑Nov 19
Get an introduction to managing online course and degree programs. Learn how to become more strategic with distance learning initiatives and how to develop effective policies and procedures.
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Fundamentals of Online Teaching
Nov 6‑Dec 17
Gain essential skills and knowledge to teach in the online environment. This course is geared toward instructors and instructional designers new to working in online education.
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Explore other offerings from DT&L >

PLUS! 
2018 ADEIL Conference | Be part of transforming Distance Education & Independent Learning | October 24‑26, 2018
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Questions? Contact Janet Staker Woerner • depd@dcs.wisc.edu • 608‑890‑3038
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September 12, 2018

Take Your Skills To The Next Level

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Deepen your online teaching expertise
Our online certificate courses provide you with the tools and resources you need to succeed as an online instructor. They can also boost your skills and strengthen your resume.
Professional Certificate in Online Education
Sep 11‑Jan 14, 2019
There’s still time to register!

Expand your online teaching knowledge and skills. Learn and apply proven strategies for designing effective, engaging online courses.

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Fundamentals of Online Teaching for Health Care Professionals
Sep 25‑Nov 5

Designed for nurse educators or other health care professionals, this certificate teaches essential concepts, tools, and strategies for teaching more effectively in an online environment.

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Creating Presence in Online Courses
Oct 9‑Nov 5

Learn how to keep students engaged in your course from start to finish. Discover design frameworks and other tools to help you promote student engagement.

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September 8, 2018

Register Now To Transform Independent Learning!

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Join us by the lake at the 2018 ADEIL Conference at UW–Madison!
Be part of transforming Distance Education & Independent Learning
October 24‑26, 2018 • Memorial Union, Madison WI
ADEIL isn’t just a conference. It’s a chance to connect with independent learning, distance, and online educators, colleagues, and experts seeking ways to build better learning experiences, teach more effectively, and work more efficiently.

Join us this October to participate in many different sessions, including talks, panels, discussions, and workshops. ADEIL will help you learn in the ways that fit you best. You’ll also find inspiration—our keynote speakers will unpack big ideas about some of distance education and independent learning’s most important issues and what’s on the horizon as the field advances.

Innovative Topics:
•  Learner Analytics and Course Revisions
•  Mobile Learning
•  Game‑based Learning
•  OERs and Content Curation
•  Marketing: Reaching New Learners
•  Shifting from a Residential to an Online Campus
•  Innovative Tuition Programs
Learn more and register >

Expert Speakers
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Michael Moore
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Mary Thompson
Michael Moore is internationally recognized for establishing the scholarly study of distance education and pioneering the practice of teaching online. His numerous publications include three editions of The Handbook of Distance Education, and three of Distance Education: A Systems View, translated into four languages.

Mary Thompson, assistant dean of academic affairs in UW–Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies, works with campus partners to develop programming, competencies, and assessments for credit and noncredit learners. She also works with Continuing Studies faculty and staff building course portfolios and new noncredit programming.


Have the time of your life in Madison, WI
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The 26th ADEIL Conference will be held at the Memorial Union in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Mendota. The Union is just a few blocks from downtown Madison and State Street, which links the UW–Madison campus with the Capitol Square, restaurants, cafes, and shops. Madison, Home of the Badgers, is the capital and second largest city in Wisconsin, 77 miles west of Milwaukee and 122 miles northwest of Chicago. Located on an isthmus, it is sometimes called The City of Four Lakes, and provides visitors with water sports, outdoor activities, and lots of fun.
Learn more today >
Questions? Contact Sarah Korpi • sarah.korpi@wisc.edu • 608‑890‑3364
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The mission of Continuing Studies is to advocate for and to engage lifelong learners through high-quality and innovative programs and services. Our 150 staff and faculty provide leadership, administrative oversight, program development, and marketing support for UW–Madison’s noncredit offerings. In addition, we teach and direct hundreds of programs and courses that address the professional development and personal enrichment needs of face-to-face and online learners. Continuing Studies also advises and admits people enrolled in certain credit or capstone programs, as well as adults pursing undergraduate degrees.

August 28, 2018

Critical Thinking Skills For Successful Students

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NEW! Teaching Soft Skills in College Courses Certificate
Online | Seven modules | Sep 24‑Nov 9 | 2.4 CEUs | $495, Group (3+) $395 each
Learn how to teach communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and self‑motivated learning—four “soft skills” strongly linked to student success.
This certificate will provide college educators and administrators with a strong foundation in the theory, research, and practical applications of these crucial 21st‑century skills. You’ll also examine skills frameworks, critiques of these frameworks, instructional design principles, and the science behind each of the four skills. At the conclusion of the certificate, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An in‑depth understanding of 21st‑century skills frameworks
  • A deeper understanding of the research behind teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and self‑regulated learning
  • An understanding of how these four soft skills should be conceptualized and taught in your own discipline
  • How to incorporate best practices for teaching these skills in your curriculum
Learn more >
Course is taught by award‑winning author and presenter Matthew Hora.
Read about his new book and its implications for higher education here >
Questions? Professor Hora at matthew.hora@wisc.edu • 608‑265‑5629
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The mission of Continuing Studies is to advocate for and to engage lifelong learners through high-quality and innovative programs and services. Our 150 staff and faculty provide leadership, administrative oversight, program development, and marketing support for UW–Madison’s noncredit offerings. In addition, we teach and direct hundreds of programs and courses that address the professional development and personal enrichment needs of face-to-face and online learners. Continuing Studies also advises and admits people enrolled in certain credit or capstone programs, as well as adults pursing undergraduate degrees.
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