Course Jumpstart Workshops

This series of workshops is intended to guide small cohorts of instructors through rapid online course development. Our goal is to connect you with peers at similar phases of the course development process, and provide structured time to quickly design and begin building a specific course. This workshop series can provide dedicated time to build course components and get feedback after attending other design-focused professional development, like Blend@UW or TeachOnline@UW.

Workshop structure

Each weekly session is 90 minutes, and some homework will be assigned after each session. Participants will work through an online workbook, and receive feedback and assistance from facilitators via the online workbook and during the sessions.

  • Session 1 provides an overview of high-quality online courses, and leads participants through identifying learning outcomes, evidence of understanding, and planning assignments and activities for an online environment.
  • Session 2 focuses on mapping your course, and establishing a consistent rhythm and pace to guide online learners in the absence of in-person interaction.
  • Session 3 covers specific tools for course development, providing recommendations and time to work on your own course components. This session concludes with forming an Action Plan of next steps to take, and filling in the gaps of who can help.

Plan to Participate

Who: Instructors & Lecturer Student Assistants in L&S.
When: January 27, February 5, and February 12. All sessions will be from 9-10:30am.
Where: Van Hise Hall, Room TBA.

Apply to Participate

Participants should plan to attend all three sessions, and complete work in between sessions. Preference will be given to instructors developing courses for summer 2020 who are new to online teaching.

LSS Staff Contact

Jonathan Klein

Position title: Senior Instructional Technology Consultant


Phone: 608-263-3828

299 Van Hise Hall

Laura Schmidli

Position title: Senior Instructional Technology Consultant


Phone: 608-262-8790

275 Van Hise Hall