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.

Getting Endorsed to Teach Online

In order to be endorsed, instructors must complete the 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 the eTC is to familiarize online instructors with the pedagogical concepts of effective and engaging online teaching and learning, as well as to allow for faculty to apply this knowledge hands-on in the online course they design, develop, and teach. Highlighted topics include: online classroom dynamics, learner demographics, learning community and student engagement, Backward Design model, effective online teaching materials, course structure and outline, tools and technologies, and course compliance.

The eTC is offered fully online on UM Blackboard. Participants will have access to the course and all materials 24/7 from the beginning of each cohort.

The eLearning Training Course (eTC) – Full Experience (Six Weeks)

The eTC Full Experience is designed for instructors who are new to online teaching as well as existing online instructors. Get the experience of an online student! Meet your peers, interact and collaborate on trends and practices of online instruction.

At the end of the eTC Full Experience, participants will have completed their online course syllabus, designed and developed content, assessment, and student communication and interaction components in their assigned Blackboard sandbox. Additionally, scheduled group and individual support sessions with the eLearning Instructional Design Team are available throughout each cohort.

To register for the eTC Full Experience, go to Event & Workshop Registration and click on “Sign up” next to an available cohort. The following eTC cohorts are available for instructors:

Fall II 2018 Cohort: October 30 – December 11, 2018
Spring I 2019 Cohort: February 5 – March 18, 2019
Spring II 2019 Cohort: March 26 – May 6, 2019
Summer 2019 Cohort: June 11 – July 22, 2019
Fall I 2019 Cohort: September 2019 (Dates TBD)

The eLearning Training Course (eTC) – Accelerated Track (Three Weeks)

The eTC Accelerated Track is designed for instructors who have proven records of online teaching experience. Enrollment in the eTC Accelerated Track is dependent upon each instructor’s eligibility. An eligible candidate for the eTC Accelerated Track is one who has taught a fully online course:

1) at a regionally accredited higher education institution
2) for three consecutive semesters
3) within the past three years.

Interested candidates are encouraged to 1) complete the Online Faculty Prior Experience Questionnaire and 2) submit his/her CV to to be considered for enrollment. Further information on the eTC Accelerated Track process can be found in the eTC Accelerated Track PDF document.

The eTC Accelerated Track begins on the first Monday of the month. Eligible candidates will be notified and enrolled in the course prior to the start date. The following eTC Accelerated Track sessions are:

November 5, 2018
December 2018 (No Accelerated Track Training)
January 2019 (No Accelerated Track Training)
February 4, 2019
March 4, 2019
April 1, 2019
May 6, 2019
June 3, 2019
July 1, 2019
August 5, 2019
September 2, 2019
October 7, 2019

Contact April Thompson at for more information or go to Event & Workshop Registration to enroll in a workshop.