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Online Teaching Foundations

Online Teaching Foundations is a program for Mizzou instructors interested in exploring teaching online or building on their previous experience.

Registration is closed. There will be another session that will begin in Fall 2017. If you have any questions about the Online Teaching Foundations core course or program, please read about the program below or contact Marc Lundstrom at

Participants will use digital tools that support teaching, explore pedagogy with other instructors and experts from MU, and discuss readings that can help form and develop their practice of teaching online. The ultimate goal of the program is to help instructors examine how they will engage students through course design, deliberate use of digital tools, and communication.

There are two parts to this program—a 6-week course available each semester followed by options for two "elective" events in the next semester. The core course will be online with no in-person meetings required, and it will be led by an instructor from ET@MO. Each cohort of participants who begin the program will have until the end of the following semester to complete two elective options. Electives range from brief courses on relevant topics to workshops and other events on campus and online.

Who can participate?

The Online Teaching Foundations program is open to anyone who teaches at Mizzou.

Is there a stipend?

ET@MO will provide a $500 award to participants who successfully complete the core course and electives within two consecutive semesters (not including summer).* The $500 award will be available to teaching and research faculty, adjunct faculty, clinical faculty, lecturers, and instructors. Depending on their role and responsibilities teaching at Mizzou, graduate instructors may be eligible for the $500 award. Please email Marc Lundstrom if you have any questions about eligibility.

Those who successfully complete the program may be eligible for an additional award from Mizzou Online.

What will we be doing during the program?

Part I: Online Teaching Foundations core course

Description. This course will introduce you to online teaching as we look at examples of effective practice, explore resources and tools available at MU, and reflect on how course activities can reinforce and build to meet course goals. We will examine the relationship between theory and practice through projects, reflections, and discussions as a class and in groups.

After you finish this course, you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical perspective in the selection of learning activities, use of online tools, and teaching practice in the online space;
  2. demonstrate an awareness of at least two or three major learning theories and know where to find resources about evidence-based practice in online teaching;
  3. summarize the general principles of online course quality as defined by the Quality Matters program;
  4. examine ways to engage students as you facilitate an online course; and
  5. identify resources that are available to help you design and teach your online course.

Schedule and format. The 6-week course will be 100% online and will be held in Canvas. Participants should plan for a 3–5 hour time commitment per week. Topics will be:

  • Week 1: Introductions and Reflections on Online Teaching
  • Week 2: What's in a Quality Online Course?
  • Week 3: Exploring Tools That Support Online Teaching
  • Week 4: Pedagogy and the Science of Learning Online
  • Week 5: Engaging Students While Teaching an Online Course
  • Week 6: Final Project

Most weeks have readings from the course text (ET@MO will provide a copy for everyone registered) and other articles available online. The activities will be different each week and will include discussions, group activities, peer review, and a final project that will ask you to describe your approach to teaching online that can be supported by specific activities, tools, and other means of engaging with students.

Part II: Electives (2 required for completion of the program)

Description. Electives come in a few different forms. Some will be instructor-led and have their own completion requirements set by the instructor of that elective, and others are events or workshops where you will complete an enrichment activity and submit it to the instructor of your core course to review (we will keep the core course sites open through the end of the following semester).

Schedule and format. Most of the events that qualify as electives will take place during the semester following the offering of the core course. Dates, times, and locations will be posted in the Online Teaching Foundations core course. Each elective will require a 3–5 hour time commitment and have a direct application to teaching.

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