Professional Development

Improve your teaching practice

Find best practices in online teaching and learning and a wealth of resources to help you build engaging, inclusive learning environments. Sign up for a professional development workshop or browse through available content.

Online Course Elements

What makes a great online course? Orient students to the course material, expectations, and structure. Provide context for learning and intentionally cultivate an inclusive course community.

Instructor Model Course

What does an online course look like? How can you design a more effective online learning environment? Find the answers inside the Instructor Model Course.

Effective Instruction Guide

Review our practical guide to help you planbuild, and teach a more effective, engaging online course. *Includes highlights from our 3-year research study of online students at Iowa.

Teaching Online Preparation Course

This self-enroll, self-paced introductory-level training course is a useful tool for new or experienced instructors and is available for you now in ICON. 

Design4Online

Design4Online (D4O) is a comprehensive faculty development program.  Instructors work with peers to apply effective instructional strategies to the design of their online courses.

Professional Development: learn at your own pace

Online Professional Development | February 2023

Monday, January 30, 2023
Rethink asynchronous discussion activities to foster deep reflection, collaboration, and engagement. Sign up for a 2-part workshop series applying neuro, cognitive and learning sciences to a current or future course.

Online Professional Development | January 2023

Thursday, January 19, 2023
Get 2023 off to a good start with core professional development offerings of Online Teaching Essentials and Student Engagement.

Online Professional Development | December 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022
Catch up on 2022 Quality Matters and Online Learning Consortium content. Recorded content available to view now on-demand.

Quick Start Guide

Discover all the best Quality Matters (QM) and Online Learning Consortium (OLC) resources in our downloadable guide.  

Quick Start Guide

Quality Matters (QM) - create your free account

* Select University of Iowa Division of Continuing Education

Through our institutional membership, you gain access to many free live and on-demand resources, and discounted pricing on QM working sessions and conferences. *Check with your department for sponsorship of paid opportunities.

Online Learning Consortium (OLC) - create your free account

Through our institutional membership, you gain access to many free live and on-demand resources, as well as discounted pricing on OLC working sessions and conferences. *Check with your department for sponsorship of paid opportunities.

Quality Online Instruction

Talk with us to learn more about how to integrate a new idea or approach to teaching and learning in your online classroom.