Spring instructional design webinars

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UM System faculty and staff are invited to attend an instructional design webinar series hosted by Missouri Online. Instructional designers, instructional technologists, and faculty guests will present ideas and practices related to online teaching and learning (design, assessment, community, and/or inclusion) and innovative areas such as artificial intelligence. You’ll discover high-engagement, active learning strategies and have the chance to ask questions and learn from peers.

Some webinar topics are associated with Missouri Online’s Sprint ahead: Online faculty development program. If you choose to enroll in the associated sprints to continue your learning, you’ll be well-prepared to earn badges in the program.

Below are the webinars taking place in Spring 2024:

Designing HyFlex Multimodal Learning Environments

Date: Thu, Feb 15, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Learn how to design HyFlex course elements that allow students the flexibility to choose their mode of instruction. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the purpose of using the HyFlex instructional model and the benefits and challenges of implementing HyFlex activities across synchronous and asynchronous learning environments, online and in-person. We’ll share tools for planning aspects of a HyFlex course that will support learning across modes.

This webinar will be co-presented by Liz du Plessis and Asmaa Albadawi, instructional designers with Missouri Online.

Trailblazing with Articulate Storyline: A Virtual Journey through Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Date: Fri, Mar 1, 2024
Time: 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM

Join us for a virtual field trip to learn how a team of Mizzou researchers and instructional designers engage Geology students with an interactive Virtual Field Experience (VFE) they created using the Articulate Storyline e-learning platform.

VFEs supplement field education in Geology curricula when those opportunities are limited by inclement weather, inaccessible field sites, or global pandemics. Frequent cancellations of a mandatory field trip to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park led the team to develop a VFE of the park that includes:

  • role-playing elements
  • 360° photographs
  • interactive annotations and quizzes
  • narrated overlays
  • and scavenger hunt activities

The team's research shows that the VFE is as effective as in-person field trips in supporting learning objectives and fostering engagement. Experience it for yourself!

Moderator: Bryant Lazenby, Instructional Designer, Missouri Online


  • Sarah Jacquet, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia (MU)
  • Danielle Oprean, Assistant Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT), MU
  • Eury Speir, Teaching Assistant and PhD Candidate, Geological Sciences
  • Ruan du Plessis, SISLT graduate and instructional designer

Elevating Learning: Effective Video Strategies for Online Courses with Faculty Kihyung Kim

Date: Wed, Mar 6, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Explore the powerful role of video in cultivating teacher credibility and effectiveness in your asynchronous online courses with University of Missouri-Columbia’s Kihyung Kim, Assistant Teaching Professor, and Missouri Online's Elmer Ragus, Instructional Designer and online Marketing instructor.

Discover tools to leverage video content to establish trust, connect with students, and create an engaging learning environment. Whether you’re an experienced educator or just starting your teaching journey, this webinar will provide practical and sustainable strategies and tips to elevate your presence through the impactful use of video.


Kihyung Kim, Assistant Teaching Professor, Management Department, Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri at Columbia

Elmer Ragus, Instructional Designer, Missouri Online and Adjunct Instructor, Marketing/Graphic Communication, University of Central Missouri.

Missouri Online’s Alyssa Collier, Instructional Technologist, will be present to answer technical questions about Panopto.

Create Your Own Interactive Content with Pressbooks and H5P

Date: Wed, Mar 20, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Learn how to use Open Educational Resources (OER) creation tools provided and supported by the UM system. We’ll demonstrate how to clone or create a Pressbooks book with an open license and add an accessible H5P activity that aligns with the book’s content and enhances learning. We’ll also share our own teaching experiences with OER. UM System has a Pressbooks license so there are no direct costs to students, instructors, or departments!


Incorporating AI in Teaching: Faculty Reflection

Date: Wed, Apr 3, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

This session is part of our series on Artificial Intelligence.

Since the release of AI, educators are scrambling to learn AI tools and ways to incorporate AI in teaching, and yet often miss a critical piece of the puzzle: the students. In this webinar session, Dr. Molly Vetter Dreier (Associate Teaching Professor from the Department of Health Sciences) and Ying-Hsiu Liu (Instructional Designer with Missouri Online) will present their experiences of piloting the incorporation of AI (in the form of a chatbot) in the classroom. They will share how they used AI to enhance students’ learning, provide reflections from the faculty perspective, and most importantly, Dr. Vetter Dreier will share her observations of students using AI to assist their learning.


Liz DuPlessis

Liz du Plessis, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Manager of Instructional Design

Liz du Plessis is a Manager of Instructional Design for Missouri Online. She is committed to supporting faculty in the cultivation of equity-minded online learning experiences that support the needs of diverse students. She is proud to have nearly 20 years of experience teaching college History across modalities on a part-time basis and is adjunct faculty in the Department of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia.