JANUARY INSTRUCTOR BOOTCAMP
Sign up for the Academic Technology Bootcamp, Monday, Jan. 9-Thursday, Jan. 12. Meet on Zoom for our 55-minute classes, and discover ways to streamline your class prep and enhance student learning with an array of powerful course technologies, including:
- Canvas Gradebook
Visit our registration page, enter “Bootcamp” in the search bar and enroll now to reserve your spot. Register for all courses or just the topics that pique your interest. For more detail about the schedule, view the bootcamp flyer and find additional information by viewing the course descriptions.
24/7 ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT
In Spring 2023, Missouri Online will launch a one-year pilot with the after-hours support service Black Belt Help (BBH). This will give faculty access to technology assistance 24/7, 365 days a year. BBH employees will not have direct access to our technology systems, but they will be able to answer common instructor and student questions about Canvas, Zoom, Panopto, etc. You will be able to reach BBH help through the primary Missouri Online academic technology support line any time outside of normal business hours: 855-675-0755.
MEET WITH US ONE-ON-ONE
Have a specific question? Academic Technologies offers one-on-one technology consultations. These 25-minute sessions are designed to help you with a particular problem or question. Meetings are typically on Microsoft Teams, but in-person meetings are also available. Schedule your consultation when it’s convenient for you.
LEARN PROFESSIONAL TIPS FOR ENHANCING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Professional learning designers use personas and empathy maps like those discussed in this article on our blog to deepen our understanding of students' experiences. These tools help designers consider students’ perspectives and needs, then brainstorm and test solutions to problems that could arise.
Our online courses include guidance for using empathy maps and personas to enhance student learning in your courses. If you’d like to learn more, check out our faculty professional development opportunities, read this article on our blog or contact us directly.
TRY OUT MICROLEARNING CHALLENGES ON ONEHE
UM System is one year into a partnership with OneHE — a resource that helps educators hone their teaching skills through microlearning courses and challenges that can be completed in 20 minutes or less. Each challenge consists of several microcourses, focused on an important theme like inclusivity, accessibility and online skills for new instructors.
If you already have an account, log in to OneHE and select your home campus to access the challenges along with independent microcourses, practical tips and discussion groups where you can interact with colleagues throughout the University of Missouri System (UM System) and around the world.
If you don’t have an account, try this free sample course, Applying the Science of Motivation to Teaching, with seven mini lessons and several practical key takeaways. Bookmark the site now. A new set of challenges launches Monday, Jan. 2, 2023.
CALL FOR FACULTY PEER REVIEWERS
To support an increased focus on course quality, Missouri Online is inviting UM System faculty with extensive experience in online teaching, learning and course design from the four campuses to apply for the Faculty Peer Reviewer Corps (FPRC).
FPRC members will receive training to perform Quality Course Reviews. These ensure our courses meet the UM System quality standards highlighted in the 5 Pillars of Effective Course Design. Reviewers will conduct 10 to 12 reviews per year and earn $100 per credit hour reviewed.
For details, contact FPRC coordinator Amanda Swaim by January 6 at SwaimA@umsystem.edu.
Missouri Online was created to support digital education and encourage significant enrollment growth in online programs across our four universities. Our team of instructional designers and developers, learning technologists, student services professionals, program coordinators and marketing specialists are here to assist you.