Online Design & eLearning

Faculty Focused

Instructor and student discuss in front of blackboard

What We Do for Faculty

The Office of eLearning (ODeL) expands teaching and learning boundaries by offering a variety of services and resources to support faculty teaching online courses at the University of Mississippi or who are positioning themselves to potentially do so in the future. Our services are:

Online Instructor Endorsement

Instructors who are interested in teaching online will need to obtain endorsement. Complete the six-week eLearning Training Course to be endorsed for online teaching. More Details on Teaching Online.

Faculty Development Workshops and Grants

The eLearning staff provides workshops to UM faculty throughout the year. The faculty grants open doors for faculty members who would like to experiment and experience the world of teaching with technology. View Available Grants.

Online Course Design Support by Designated Instructional Designers

Instructional Designers on our team assist faculty with course design, development, and compliance using UM’s Blackboard learning management system and other digital and web-based learning and authoring tools. Instructional design support comes in different forms: one-on-one consultations, how-to blogs, tutorial videos, workshops, and training courses.

We provide online course design consultations for:

A. Building online courses

  • Creating an online syllabus
  • Course content design to achieve student learning outcomes
  • Course content organization
  • Making your course interactive
  • Engaging students online
  • Best practices for teaching online courses

B. Making your online courses compliant with Federal, State, and University policies

  • Student Identity Verification options
  • Student Attendance Verification options
  • Making course content accessible
  • Making course content copyright compliant

C. Using technology to add a wow factor to your online course

  • Choosing and using authoring software
  • Choosing and using web-based teaching & learning tools
  • Choosing and using course supplement apps
  • Best practices for creating multimedia content

Review of Online Courses

The Course Design Review (CDR) process is implemented to raise the quality of online education at the University of Mississippi. Based on a rubric developed in-house, online courses have been through this peer-reviewed process since Spring 2014.  Read more about CDR.

eLearning Tutorials and Resources

The Resources section of this site houses a collection of practical, ready-to-use resources for your online course including online pedagogy, effective practices, compliance, and technology. Go to Resources.

Proctored testing services through Distance Education Testing Lab (DETL)

DETL offers proctored exam services to online faculty and students on the Oxford campus. The testing lab is located on the third floor of Kinard Hall.  Visit DETL.