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Facilitator: Marjorie Bazluki, Instructional Designer


The UWL Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning (CATL) offers a three-week Online Instructor Training course twice each year. Since 2010 about 200 UWL instructors have completed the course. Offered in an online format, this intensive training prepares UWL faculty and staff to design and deliver online courses. Registration is limited so please read the details below before completing the registration form. The next session will run from January 3 - January 25, 2018. NOTE: Training will take place using Desire2Learn (D2L).  Specific information and training related to the Canvas transition will be available later spring 2018.     

Training Description:

In this training you will learn to design and facilitate online courses. To encourage hands-on practice you will develop course content in a Desire2Learn (D2L) "sandbox."  After training you can easily copy all or selected components of the sandbox to an online course.

The training is highly interactive and you will engage in discussions and complete exercises to prepare you to successfully teach online. Participants are strongly encouraged to approach the course with an open mind and focus on the ultimate goal: effective student learning.

Note: faculty and instructional academic staff with at least a 50% appointment will receive a $500 stipend upon successfully completing the training.

Training Objectives:

  1. Develop at least 3 measurable objectives for a proposed online course or training session.
  2. Design an assessment strategy to support the achievement of learning objectives, based on CATL's Online Course Evaluation Guidelines.
  3. Create engaging content, activities, and discussions to support the development of student knowledge, skills and dispositions.
  4. Propose engaging resources or technologies, other than textbooks, for your proposed course or training session.
  5. Develop a strategy to facilitate strong teacher and social presence throughout your online course or training session.
  6. Evaluate one module or unit of your proposed course or training session for alignment of objectives, assessments, and activities.


The introductory training is open to any UWL employee (instructional and non-instructional, including university staff) interested in the design, delivery, and facilitation of online courses. Participants typically register for the following reasons:

  • As a prerequisite to apply for UWL Online Course Development funds (OIT fulfills this prerequisite)
  • Self-assessment of current online teaching
  • Desire to teach online in the future
  • Interest in best practices and strategies for teaching online

OIT may be taken for credit; for more information about the credit option, please contact Lynn Weiland in Continuing Education (

Time Commitment:

OIT is an intensive learning experience. You should expect to spend approximately 15 hours per week on course activities, depending on your experience with online instruction and D2L. Just as you expect your students to actively engage in discussions and practice exercises, your facilitator will expect the same from you. The three-week time frame allows flexibility in terms of when and where you participate, but there will be weekly deadlines for assignments and activities.

To model the experience of online learning you will complete all training activities in an asynchronous format. 


Prerequisite Experience:


OIT emphasizes the application of best practices for online teaching and learning. Though instruction does not explicitly cover the learning management system, Desire2Learn, successful completion of the course requires development of an online module in D2L. Consequently, you should be able to perform the following basic D2L skills:

Essential D2L Prerequisite Skills
Creating ContentCourse Management
  • Create a Dropbox assignment and link it to the Grade Book
  • Create a discussion forum and topic, read and reply
  • Post and edit announcements (News)
  • Create and edit internal or external links
  • Create and edit files in the D2L editor
  • Upload and manage course documents
  • Manage a course discussion
  • Move (reorder) content or modules
  • Manage the Grade Book


Course Syllabus:

To ensure a productive learning experience, and to save time, you should come prepared with a fairly well-developed syllabus for a course you plan to teach. At a minimum, your syllabus should include learning objectives, reading list, course topics, policies, assignments, and a course outline or calendar.

As past participants can attest, successful completion of the training course depends on:

  • committing the time necessary to three weeks of intensive training
  • having adequate knowledge, skill, or experience in using D2L


To register for the next session (January 3 - January 25, 2018), please register online.
 For questions contact the training facilitator, Marjorie Bazluki (