Instructor Training

Eteaching Endorsement Program

The WMU Eteaching endorsement program is designed to provide WMU instructors with the knowledge, skills and ability to effectively design, develop, and manage teaching and learning experiences facilitated through the use of a variety of Elearning technologies and methodologies. This six-week, hands-on program will introduce and be based on contemporary Elearning best practices, instructional design techniques, methods for ensuring quality, multi-modal/sensory learning object development, and accessibility considerations and compliance. Participants will develop, at a minimum, a web enhanced course that can be utilized in support of face-to-face instruction.


The Eteaching Endorsement Program is delivered in a hybrid format with instructional sessions conducted both online and face-to-face.  Participants are expected to actively participate in lessons, discussions and prepare course materials with the assistance of the Online Education team. Participants should bring a copy of their course syllabus and any course materials that have been prepared for face-to-face delivery.

Who should attend

The Eteaching Endorsement Program is available to all WMU instructors interested in exploring or pursuing the use of Elearning and instructional technologies that support or facilitate Elearning. Department chairs, program coordinators, deans and other academic support personnel are also welcome.

Due to the intensive and hands-on nature of this program, session capacity is currently limited to 15 participants. Additional sessions will be scheduled when demand requires it.
Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion. Participants are not compensated for participating in or completing the program. 

Session topics

  • Session 1: Introduction to Elearning 
  • Session 2: Course Organization and Learner Support
  • Session 3: Instructional Design Part A: Objectives and Alignment
  • Session 4: Instructional Design Part B: Instructional Technology
  • Session 5: Assessment
  • Session 6: Continuous Improvement and Course Management Strategies

Upcoming schedule

Eteaching Endorsement Program sessions are held in 3414 Ellsworth.

*Note: Changes to the session topics and number may be adjusted with notification to participants. No more than six sessions will be required. 

Sessions available

      • Spring 2017 (10 to 11:30 a.m.): April 11, April 18, Apr. 25, May 2, May 9
      • Summer I: cancelled due to no enrollment.
      • Summer II (10 to 11:30 a.m.): July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10
      • Fall  (10 to 11:30 a.m.): Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12
      • Fall (2 to 3:30 p.m.): Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9., Nov. 16

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Elearning Training Sessions

Elearning Training sessions are for online and hybrid instructors who are unfamiliar with D2L or need a refresher. Sessions are held in the first week of each month and provide participants with the fundamental skills and knowledge to effectively start using WMU's Elearning system to support your online or hybrid courses. This hands on training will allow you to explore D2L with guidance.

Upcoming schedule

Drop In Session for Elearning Help

Instructional Designers and Media Specialists will be available to answer your questions 1:1 about course design, Elearning and media recording tools. No sign up is necessary!

Located: UCC 2033

Wednesdays prior to the semester start: 

        • May 3, 1 to 4 p.m.
        • June 21, 1 to 4 p.m.
        • Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Fundamental sessions available

Elearning Fundamental Training sessions are 1.5 hour meetings, and are open to all WMU instructors.

Elearning Training sessions are held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. 


        • May 2—Rm.3414 Ellsworth
        • June 6—Rm. 2033 University Computing Center
        • July 11—Stewart Clock Tower Rm - Cancelled no enrollment
        • August 8—Rm. 2033 University Computing Center


        • September 5—Rm. 2033 University Computing Center
        • October 3—Rm. 2033 University Computing Center
        • November 7—Rm. 2033 University Computing Center
        • December 5—Rm. 2033 University Computing Center

Fundamental—extended training

This is a 3.5 hour training. We will cover the same topics listed in the shorter Fundamentals session. The extension topics will provide more time for hands on training for creating recorded lectures and setting up your grade book. 

        • Scheduled at request of department or faculty cohorts.

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