Meet & Greet events this month
Missouri Online is hosting meet & greet events on all four campuses throughout the month of October! Find out when we’ll be visiting your campus. Members from our Program & Course Design Services, Student Lifecycle Services and Academic Technologies teams will be present at each event.
New this semester, we will be hosting a series of table topics which you can drop in to join or ask general questions. Topics include:
- AI in the Classroom – talk with our team and colleagues about what’s happening with AI
- Faculty Development (OTC, QCR, Training Sessions, Consultations)
- Choosing Technology for your Course – learn more about the process of integrating software with Canvas
- Student Support Offered by Missouri Online – come find out more about how we support students
- Market Research and Program Development/Redevelopment
Drop in at any time during the meet & greet to participate in table topics, pick up some Missouri Online swag, enjoy some refreshments, enter a drawing for prizes, ask questions and talk about your teaching goals.
Discover fresh inspiration with our new Design Portfolio
We invite you to explore our new design portfolio, an online gallery of instructional and course design projects that Missouri Online designers have collaborated on with faculty across the University of Missouri System (UM System). Inside, you'll find a showcase of learning objects, innovative course designs, customizable templates, instructional videos and graphic design examples.
Selecting Software for Your Course
Many instructors use software in their courses that integrate with Canvas or Zoom. Nearly 100 integrations are installed and more software is added periodically. Software can be used for publisher courseware or tools such as Gradescope, iClicker or Quizlet. New software is necessary to enhance student learning and provide additional resources to students.
Before you utilize a new software application, it must undergo a series of approvals. The process can take several months depending on the type of software, cost and other factors. All software must pass security and accessibility reviews. This is important as student data integrity and accessibility to course materials must be preserved.
Visit our Teaching Tools article for more details on this process.
Want to discuss this in person? Come to the meet & greets to learn more about the process. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions on integrating software/applications for Spring 2024 and future courses.
New Ways to Engage Your Students for Spring
We’re pilot testing Kritik and Harmonize applications for Spring 2024, which means both Canvas add-ons will be provided at no charge to students. Kritik allows for easy peer review of assignments by students. Harmonize is a discussion board and polling software. We will be contacting instructors who use these products, but if you know someone who is interested in participating, please have them contact Mary Fowler at email@example.com.
Spring 2024 courses are coming soon
Watch for your Spring 2024 courses to appear in your Canvas dashboard on Oct. 15. As a reminder, once the courses are available, the Fall 2023 courses may be less visible. To prepare for this transition, favorite your current courses in Canvas to ensure they remain in view.
Upcoming instructional design webinars
Register for a new instructional design webinar series in October or November. Our instructional designers and faculty guests will introduce you to high-engagement, active learning strategies while providing a platform for your questions and peer-based learning. Webinars cover topics from authentic pedagogy in the age of artificial intelligence to designing sensational synchronous sessions with new insights on key areas of design, assessment, community building and inclusion. To suggest a topic or ask for a resource, use our new suggestion box.
AI Training Series
Join us for a new, 6-part artificial intelligence (AI) training series. Given the high interest by UM System instructors, Missouri Online has decided to host an expanded version of our AI training series with three new topics and a new Sprint Ahead faculty development program!
- Types and Uses of Generative AI: 9/26 at 10 a.m. View recording
- Teaching and Learning in the Era of Generative AI: 10/11 at 10 a.m.
- Authentic Pedagogy in the Age of AI with faculty Amy Simons: 10/12 at 10 a.m.
- Academic Integrity in the Age of AI, 11/2 at 10 a.m. and 11/16 at 1 p.m.
- Authentic Pedagogy in the Age of AI with faculty Christina Carney: 11/9 at 10 a.m.
- AI Plagiarism and Cheating: 11/8 at 9 a.m.
A new, self-paced mini-course, Promoting Academic Integrity in Your Online Class can be started at any time. Illicit use of AI is one way students might engage in academic dishonesty. One way to prevent students from cheating with AI is to address some of the motivations for cheating in the first place. This sprint provides strategies for minimizing the risk that students will cheat in your course — using AI or any other means. The courses are about three hours each.
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.