Faculty and Academic Staff Development

Online Teaching Institute (OTI)


This training fulfills UWRF Faculty Senate motion 2017-18/126 Distance Education Qualification articles, 4.14.1 Faculty and Staff Requirements for teaching online courses and 4.14.2 Training in Distance Education. View.
Individuals may participate in the Online Teaching Institute (OTI) to develop a new course or to redesign an existing course for online delivery. OTI will help individuals think through the pedagogy of online teaching in addition to learning more about the technology used to deliver the course.
Individuals may NOT participate in OTI while also teaching, in an online format, the course they are developing through the OTI.
The OTI is a hybrid course with synchronous and asynchronous components.  The cohort will meet synchronously, each week for about an hour over 6-7 weeks, early in the semester. The asynchronous modules take 2-4 hours to complete for a total of 10-15 hours.  In addition, you will be working on designing your online courses which can take an additional 3-5 hours per week depending on your needs. The completed course design is due within 2 months of starting the OTI.
Six individuals will be selected to participate in the OTI program for each of the Fall, Spring and Summer terms based on their application answers and adherence to the instructions. Preference may also be given to those who have not participated recently. 

Application Process

If you have any issues, please contact fasdb.

  • Complete an application (linked below), including the Department chair's electronic signature. You will identify your chair, and once the application is submitted, this person will receive an email asking to provide an electronic signature. Please note that your application is not complete until your department chair signs off on the application.

Due date for Spring Applications: December 8th



If you haven't received a final email that tells you that your application was sent to the committee, please check on the progress. The application is not considered complete until all parts, including your Chair's signature, have been submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the due date.

Upon successful completion of the OTI: 

•    Participants will  receive a payment of $1,000

Please email Rachelle Haroldson with any questions.

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