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 Endorsement Program (eEP). Successful candidates receive an Award of Completion (including a statement for addition in Faculty Activity Reports) and are eligible to teach online at the University of Mississippi. 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 eEP is 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. The eEP is offered fully online in Blackboard Learn. Instructors with proven records of online teaching experience may be exempted from up to three modules of the eEP depending upon each instructor’s eligibiity. An eligible candidate 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.
The eLearning Endorsement Program (eEP)
The eLearning Endorsement Program is designed for instructors who are new to online teaching as well as existing online instructors, and offers the experience of an online student. The eEP consists of four modules:
- Online Teaching & Learning
Focuses on student-centered learning, the theory of online teaching, and standard practices.
- Course Compliance
Focuses on compliance and UM policies in relation to online education. The course also provides information on available technology at UM.
- Course Design
Focuses on designing learning activities and assessments that align with the learning objectives.
- Course Development
Focuses on applying the theory of online teaching and design into practice.
Registration for the eEP is open year round. The eEP courses are available online 24/7 on UM Blackboard. Priority is given to instructors who must be endorsed prior to teaching a “web-based” course.
Successful eEP participants receive an Award of Completion and are endorsed to teach online at the University of Mississippi. We recommend that prospective online instructors enroll in the course at least one semester before they plan to teach online for the first time.