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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.

Check back often for the latest news on our department and insights to help you teach more effectively, efficiently, and easily. 

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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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Badging Your Way to Success

A digital badge or a microcredential is a visual...

Building Teacher Credibility Part 1 – Establish Trust

This is the first in a series of four blog posts where I’d...

Motivation and Time Management as an Online Instructor

As you have probably already figured out for yourself...


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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Understanding your students through personas and empathy maps

UX designers look at how users interact with a product or...

Redesigning for Accessibility

Missouri Online designers usually come across unique...

How to create an infographic in Canva

Canva is a powerful design tool to work with photo editing...


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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ChatGPT & Generative AI

The implications of new, generative Artificial Intelligence...

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...

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Collaborative Annotation of Digital Texts for Education

Digital annotation tools offer ways to foster collaboration...

Level Up! Gamifying an asynchronous course on designing games for learning

Digital games in asynchronous adult education present unique...


MU's Veterinary Technology program wins UPCEA Engagement Award

MU’s Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology program...


Your Feedback for Missouri Online

In November 2022, we launched our first annual Missouri...