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Academic Outreach

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eLearning Endorsement Program (eEP)

The eLearning Endorsement Program (eEP) 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 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.

The eEP consists of four mini-courses:

  • Online Teaching & Learning
  • Course Compliance
  • Course Design
  • Course Development

Registration for the eEP is open year round. The eEP courses are available online 24/7 on UM Blackboard.

At the end of the eEP, participants will have completed their online course syllabus, designed and developed a portion of their content, assessment, student communication, and interaction components in their assigned Blackboard sandbox. Support from Academic Outreach instructional designers is available throughout the program. Instructors with online teaching experience may be exempt from up to two mini-courses.

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.

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