Upcoming online teaching professional development opportunities

Looking to gain practical skills and knowledge to improve your remote and online courses? Here are some online teaching professional development opportunities to take advantage this spring and summer: 

Online teaching professional development courses

Preparing to Teach Online (May 18-24): This week-long, intensive course built for instructors teaching remotely or online. This course is built around five modules that will help you prepare your course for remote learning.

TeachOnline@UW: This comprehensive faculty learning community is intended for new and experienced online instructors who want to explore and apply in-depth best practices – designing (or re-designing) and teaching fully online courses. The program offers two free courses: Plan & Design and Facilitation & Management. Applications are now being accepted for summer 2021.

Self-directed online teaching resources

Teaching in a Pandemic 1-Hour Self-Directed Mini Course: This 1-hour mini course focuses on remote student engagement strategies.

Course Success Self-Review: Take this anonymous, quick survey to identify ways to strengthen the design and delivery of remote/hybrid courses, leading to better learning and student satisfaction. The Self-Review identifies six success factors and offers supporting recommendations, with relevant and actionable resources. Browse additional resources on the Course Success website.


2021 Teaching and Learning Symposium: Join your colleagues to reflect on our enduring values, discuss challenges and opportunities, and share innovations through the use of active and inclusive teaching practices that foster a learning environment that values students’ life experiences, promotes deeper learning, and inspires critical inquiry. The next session is about supporting first-year students during times of change. This session is on April 15 from 11:30am-1:30pm combining presentation and group discussions. Recordings of previous sessions are available at

Active Teaching Labs are weekly topical discussions on different active teaching strategies where educators support each other’s inquiry, reflection, and subsequent improvement of their own authentic teaching practices.

Classroom Assessment Strategies Workshops (5/10, 1:30 to 3pm & 5/12, 9 to 10:30am): During this interactive virtual workshop, you will learn how to create an online activity for your course to assess students’ learning progress using a Classroom Assessment Technique (CAT) of your choice.

Learning Analytics Events: Explore how to use learning analytics to support student success by attending an upcoming Learning Analytics Community of Practice session or a Learner Engagement Analytics Dashboard (LEAD) Demo and Discussion.

Additional professional development workshops and forums are also available on the Instructional Continuity website.