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 eLearning Endorsement Program to be endorsed for online teaching.
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.
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.
Online Course Enrichment
As part of the University of Mississippi’s membership with NC-SARA State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, the University must adhere to the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education, which includes online course review. In order to remain compliant and maintain membership with NC-SARA, the University has implemented the Online Course Enrichment review program.
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.