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Faculty Guide

Our faculty/staff guide for online course development and teaching can be downloaded from the link below. It was last updated February 10, 2014. 

Faculty/Staff Guide to Course Development and Teaching for Online and Distance Learning.

DL Professional Development/Travel Grants

A. Eligibility: 

All Distance Learning (DL) faculty and teaching academic staff may apply for funds to cover conference costs, travel or other professional development opportunities.

B. Grant Amounts and Obligations:

The Distance Learning Center (DLC) and the DLC's Online Community of Practice Steering Committee will consider requests for up to $1,000.

  • Applicants are urged to seek additional funding from Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), their department, etc.  
  • Recipients are expected to share what they've learned, presented, or will present, within six months of the event for which they receive funding. The sharing could involve giving a presentation, submitting a PowerPoint, completing a form, etc. It should include a reflection on how the experience has or will inform the recipient's online teaching practices.

C: Priorities:

  1. Attendance is for personal and/or professional growth intended to enhance online instruction.
  2. Applicant has been accepted as a presenter, convener, panelist or workshop member, or is officially involved in a poster session, showcase, or festival for the conference or event.
  3. Applicant has not received DLC professional development or travel funds within the last two years.
  4. Applicant is a new online instructor and/or a first-time conference attendee.

D: Deadlines:

The DLC's Online Community of Practice Steering Committee will call for applications each year. 

  • For the 2014-15 fiscal year, the original deadlines were April 18, 2014, and December 1, 2014. (In Spring 2015, there was an additional call for applications for the spring term).
  • For the 2015-16 fiscal year, the first deadline will be April 28, 2015.

E. Decision Process:

The DLC's Online Community of Practice Steering Committee will review the applications and provide recommendations. Final decisions will be made by the director of the Distance Learning Center, who reserves the right to alter this process, as needed. This includes the right to grant funds without committee review or input.

Congratulations to Recipients of DL Professional Development/Travel Grants!

The Online Community of Practice Steering Committee is pleased to announce the grants listed below.

Recipients are expected to share what they've learned, presented, or will present, within six months of the event for which they receive funding. To do this, recipients typically submit a one-page reflection paper, share their conference PowerPoint or video, or give a presentation on campus. 

March 2015 for Spring 2015 (FY 2014-15):

  • Lois Guderian, $1,000; Mountain Lake Colloquium, Pembroke, VA; May 2015.
  • Sarah LaChance Adams, $1,000; Giving Voice to Experience; Seattle; April 2015.

December 2014 for Spring 2015 (FY 2014-15):

  • Kenna Bolton Holz, $500: Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting; Chicago; April 2015.
  • Maryjane Burdge, $217: OPID Spring Conference; Green Lake, WI; April 2015.
  • Dixie Dorman, $500: Master Apprenticeship, Ojibwe Language; Spring 2015.
  • James Geidner, $500: Annual Head Start Conference; Wisconsin Dells; February 2015.
  • Eleni Pinnow, $500: Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting; Chicago; April 2015.
  • Shin-Ping Tucker, $500: IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics; Taiwan; June 2015.

May 2014 for FY 2014-15:

  • Sarah LaChance Adams, $500 [$321 spent]: Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy; New Orleans; October 2014.
  • Chip Beal, $500: COPLAC Annual Meeting; Durango, CO; June 2014.
  • Tom Tu, $1,000: Fusion 2014, D2L User Conference; Nashville, TN; July 2014.
  • Kim Rawson, $500 [$278 spent]: Writing Across the Peninsula Conference; Marquette, MI; October 2014.

Distance Learning Center funding for early FY 2014-15:

  • Jerry Hembd, $230: DL Conference; Madison; August 2014.


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