Online and Blended Teaching Program

Are you scheduled to teach an online, blended, or flipped course? Are you teaching a course with synchronous online meetings through Zoom? If so, the Online and Blended Teaching Program—also known as OBTP—can help!

OBTP provides practical pedagogical strategies for teaching online asynchronous, online synchronous, blended, and flipped courses. OBTP is supported by research and has been developed by CETL staff members with firsthand experience teaching in these modalities.

There are currently two workshops offered in OBTP (descriptions below):

  • Teaching Online Courses
  • Teaching Blended, Flipped, and Synchronous Courses

Note that the workshops in OBTP focus on pedagogical practices but do NOT provide training on technology tools. For training on Canvas and Zoom, register for the Canvas Workshop Series.

To meet the diverse needs and preferences of UWM instructors, both workshops in OBTP are offered in multiple formats:

  • Face-to-Face (F2F) Workshop
  • Online Self-Paced Site (Available in September 2021)

Teaching Online Courses Workshop

Teaching Online Courses is a multi-day workshop that focuses on helping instructors plan their courses for the online format using pedagogically effective methods and practices.

During each of the three, 75-minute face-to-face sessions, workshop facilitators will lead discussions and activities focused on key pedagogical considerations for online instruction. Topics discussed over the course of the program include:

  • Overview of Online Teaching
  • Assessing Students
  • Delivering Content
  • Building Community
  • Supporting Students
  • Evaluating Online Teaching

Participants should also plan to engage in online activities between the face-to-face sessions. These activities will require 2-3 hours per week and include reading content, exploring resources, taking a quiz, posting to an online discussion forum, and submitting materials for feedback.

Register: Teaching Online Courses

Teaching Blended, Flipped, and Synchronous Courses

Teaching Blended, Flipped, and Synchronous Courses is a two-day workshop that focuses on helping instructors plan their courses for the blended, flipped, and synchronous formats using pedagogically effective methods and practices.

During both 75-minute face-to-face sessions, program facilitators will lead discussions and activities focused on key pedagogical considerations for these modes of instruction. Topics discussed over the course of the program include:

  • Overview of Blended, Flipped, and Synchronous Learning
  • Developing a Blended Course Schedule
  • Selecting Online and Face-to-Face Activities
  • Integrating Online and Face-to-Face Activities
  • Facilitating Discussions in Synchronous Sessions
  • Supporting Students in Synchronous Sessions

Participants should also plan to engage in online activities between the face-to-face sessions. These activities will require 2-3 hours per week and include reading content, exploring resources, taking a quiz, and posting to an online discussion forum.

Register: Teaching Blended, Flipped, and Synchronous Courses

Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching

The Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Provost to illustrate evidence of sound pedagogical course design and practice in online or blended teaching. This certificate is different from the Badge of Completion. You need to have fully taught an online or blended course at UWM before you can apply for this certificate.

See the Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching page for full details about this certificate program, including application requirements and schedule.

For questions about this certificate program, please email Sarah MacDonald.


Please email Dylan Barth in CETL with questions or interest in participating in the Online and Blended Teaching Program (OBTP).