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Sometimes our best ideas come from individual designers, faculty, multimedia specialists, and academic tech professionals. Our team is the best at what they do and they're bringing some of their insights, discoveries, and latest news direct to you.

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The Instructional Design team is made up of 20+ professional Instructional Designers who specialize in helping faculty create quality courses. The Instructional Design team is part of the Program and Course Design Services (PCDS) department of Missouri Online. 

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Canvas Files

Organizing expert Marie Kondo has built an empire on the...

AI is Here. Why Not Use it in Your Online Course?

You probably use AI already, even if you don’t realize it! 


ePortfolios: The What, Why, and How!

An ePortfolio lets students organize, document, and display...


The Media Design Team is part of the Program and Course Design Services department within Missouri Online. They're a small but mighty group of multi-media specialists with skills in: graphic design, videography, HTML & CSS coding, UX design, copy editing, and web development. 

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Portfolium isn't just for portfolios, but it does that too.

Portfolium is a high-powered, cloud-based solution that’s...

Using templates in your Canvas course

In this article I'd like to share step-by-step instructions...

Jam on! Using Jamboard in Canvas

Online courses have had a moment during this pandemic. Even...


The Academic Technology department is made up of a large group of technology professionals who specialize in academic use of technology. They work directly with faculty and staff to ensure success while using any of our 15+ supported tools, while also sourcing and employing new technology tools. 

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Using the Canvas Request System

Within all Canvas courses, there are courses that are for...

UDOIT: Putting digital accessibility within reach

UDOIT will scan your Canvas course site and catch issues...

Announcing Bootcamps for instructors

Our new bootcamps include the same content as our standard...