Academic Outreach

Faculty Focused

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What We Do for Faculty

The Office of Academic Outreach works closely with academic departments in course planning, design and support by offering a variety of services and resources to University of Mississippi faculty teaching online courses and those who are positioning themselves to 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 Academic Outreach staff provides workshops to UM faculty throughout the year. The faculty grants open doors for online 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

Online Course Enrichment

We are committed to offering quality online education at the University of Mississippi.  In order to offer a manageable and meaningful online course review process, we are currently piloting Online Course Enrichment.  More information and details to come about the Fall 2018 implementation.

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.