Academic Outreach

Faculty Focused

Interested in Teaching Online?

Before an instructor can be added to teach a “web-based” course, he/she must be endorsed by the Office of Academic Outreach.

In order to be endorsed, instructors must obtain approval to teach online from their departmental chair and complete eLearning Training Course (eTC). Successful candidates then receive an Award of Completion and are eligible to teach online at UM. We recommend that prospective online instructors enroll in the course at least one semester before they plan to teach online for the first time.

The Goal of eTC

eTC is built to familiarize online instructors with the pedagogical concepts of effective and engaging online teaching and learning, as well as to give them hands-on experience in designing and developing their online course. Cohorts are offered over a six-week period in a completely online format in Blackboard Learn and cover the following six modules:

  • Module 1: Understanding Online Learning
  • Module 2: Course Design
  • Module 3: Communication & Collaboration
  • Module 4: Course Compliance
  • Module 5: Course Development
  • Module 6: Conclusion & Next Steps

The following eTC cohorts are available for instructors:

Fall I 2017 Cohort: September 5 – October 16, 2017

Fall II 2017 Cohort: October 24 – December 4, 2017
Spring and Summer Cohorts: TBD

Contact April Thompson at or 662-915-1616 for more information or go to Event & Workshop Registration to request enrollment in a workshop.