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 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 eTC

The goal of 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 following eTC cohorts are available for instructors:

Summer 2018 Cohort: June 12 – July 23, 2018
Fall I 2018 Cohort: September 11 – October 23, 2018

Fall II 2018 Cohort: October 30 – December 11, 2018

Spring I 2018 Cohort: TBD

Spring II 2018 Cohort: TBD

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