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Professional Certificate in
Online Education
WisconsinX

What you will learn

  • Plan a learning module using the Backward Design methodology.
  • Create effective learning activities and assessments to successfully assess student mastery of the program outcomes and objectives.
  • Define specific, relevant and assessable learning outcomes as well as key course topics.
  • Identify course supports (such as Open Educational Resources and Universal Design for Learning) and ancillary services (such as exam proctoring tools) to help support and enrich learner experiences.
  • Manage an online course.

The Professional Certificate in Online Education is a comprehensive experience that provides the knowledge, skills and resources needed to plan and teach quality online courses. The certificate is constructive and practical, and you will immediately apply what you learn to an online course you are teaching or plan to teach.

Created by UW–Madison instructors with decades of online teaching experience, this course will prepare learners to teach in the online learning environment and use a learning management system. With more learners demanding access to high quality education online, instructors need to use the tools of universal design and employ best practices of online learner engagement.

Using research-based instructional design principles and online teaching best practices, by the end of this course you will complete one module, or one week, of your own online course in a learning management system that you can use as a template for additional modules. After you complete this course, you can be confident that you are designing high quality courses for online learners that make use of universal design and best practices.

Expert instruction
4 skill-building courses
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
3 months
4 - 6 hours per week
Discounted price: $356.40
Pre-discounted price: $396USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. WisconsinX's Online Education Professional Certificate

  2. 4–6 hours per week, for 3 weeks

    Learn the fundamentals of online education and online learners through proven strategies including developing effective online learning modules and course content and materials, planning a learning module using the Backward Design methodology, and defining learning outcomes as well as key course topics.

  3. 4–6 hours per week, for 3 weeks

    Dive deeper into engaging and effective course content including online learning materials, activities and assessments that are designed for online learners.

  4. 4–6 hours per week, for 3 weeks

    A successful online course requires appropriate content and ways for learners to engage and interact. This includes best practices to teaching, technologies specific for online teaching, and appropriate course supports.

  5. 4–6 hours per week, for 3 weeks

    Take everything you have learned about online education, online learning ojectives, activities and assessments, and content and knowledge to start designing and building your online course in a learning management system.

    • Instructional and curriculum design occupations are projected to grow 23% from 2020 to 2030. 799,322 jobs are predicted over that period. (source: Labor Insights Burning Glass Technologies 2022)
    • Median salary is $71,000 in August 2022. (source: Labor Insights Burning Glass Technologies 2022)
    • Career prospects for people with similar training include online teaching, curriculum designer, college professor/instructor, and instructional designer. (source: Labor Insights Burning Glass Technologies 2022)

Meet your instructor
from The University of Wisconsin-Madison (WisconsinX)

Sarah Korpi
Director
UW-Madison

Experts from WisconsinX committed to teaching online learning

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Discounted price: $356.40
Pre-discounted price: $396USD
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