UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Faculty and Academic Staff Development

Online Teaching Institute (OTI)


Criteria


All faculty members and instructional academic staff members are welcome to apply.

Individuals may participate in the Online Teaching Institute (OTI) to develop a new course or to redesign an existing face-to-face 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.

Beginning in Spring 2020, individuals may NOT participate in OTI while also teaching, in an online format, the course they are developing through the OTI.

Award

  • Fall and Spring term OTI participants receive a payment of $1,000 per course credit at the time the course is delivered online for the first time following completion of the OTI.
  • Summer term OTI participants receive a payment of $500 as summer pay for completing the program’s summer activities and the remaining balance of $1,000 per course credit total at the time the course is delivered online for the first time following completion of the OTI.
  • Five 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.
  • Because funding for participants is distributed to individuals when the designated course is offered online, participants are asked to discuss plans with corresponding department chairs, program directors, and/or deans to confirm that the planned course is appropriate as an online offering and the participant will be listed as the instructor on record to teach this course during an upcoming term. Note that for Summer term OTI participants the payment is distributed between a summer payment in September and the balance payment at the time of course delivery, as per above. 
  • The Online Teaching Institute is funded by revenue generated by fees associated with online courses, see University's online course fee policy.

Schedule of Meetings

  • Participants will meet with other colleagues and the instructional designer as they develop their courses, but participants are encouraged to schedule additional individual meetings as needed.
  • It is difficult to identify times when all faculty members are available to meet at the same time. Once a cohort has formed for the semester, meetings will be scheduled to try to accommodate all participants.

Application Process

As of March 2, 2020, the application for this award has been moved from paper format to online submissions. 


A Brief Overview of How to Proceed:
If you have any issues, please contact fasdb.

  • Complete an application (click below), including the following:
  • 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.

Spring 2021 Application Due: December 7, 2020

Summer and Fall 2021 Application Due: March 8, 2021

Important:

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 considered NOT complete until all parts have been submitted by 4:30 p.m. on the due date.

Contact Us

Faculty and Academic Development Board
fasdb@uwrf.edu