You can earn 3.0 Graduate Credits for full participation in the On Course I or On Course II Workshops and the completion of an online course after the workshop. These graduate credits are offered by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and are transferable to most master’s or doctoral programs.

Both courses are authored by On Course founder Dr. Skip Downing and taught by experienced On Course instructors. The courses include assignments designed to support your effective implementation of empowering learner-centered strategies at your college or university. To view the syllabus for each course, click the appropriate link on this page.

As someone who took both On Course graduate classes, I cannot recommend them highly enough. I was around 50 years old when I took them, so I was of the mindset that I was just learning to help our students. In the end, I had to admit that I experienced personal growth in addition to learning many ways to help our students. What more can we ask of any course we take? –Therese Nemec, Director of Instructional Excellence, Fox Valley Technical College, WI

Grad Courses


Strategies for Empowering Students to Become Active, Responsible Learners (TCHG 6530)

Designing and Facilitating Professional Development Events That Promote Student Success (TCHG 6530)

For current tuition, click the “Register Now!” button, which will take you to the University of Wisconsin web site. Once there, click the course link for costs.



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I felt ready to empower my students and myself after the On Course I Workshop, but the graduate course took me to the next level where I was able to use my new tools in a conscientious and measurable way. The course content–along with my fabulous classmates and facilitator–not only helped me walk through a more thoughtful choice process of what I was doing in class but also guided me through a meaningful outcomes assessment. – Mickey Marsee, Ph.D., Faculty, English, University of New Mexico -Los Alamos, NM

The time I spent completing the On Course graduate course was well worth it both professionally and personally. The coursework and peer-review process gave me a deeper, richer understanding of the On Course principles and how they play out in my own life which led to my ability to better apply these principles to campus policies and procedures designed to empower and support our students. Amy T. Munson, Ph.D., Director of Instructional Design, United States Air Force Academy, CO

I honestly think my instructor offered me some of the best feedback I have ever received, and I was an English major in undergrad and completed a master’s in ed leadership, so I have completed a lot of coursework and received a lot of feedback. This has inspired me to give better feedback to my students. – Christopher Barry, Director, Student Success, Lincoln Land Community College, IL