Resources that support your online teaching

Mixed-reality lessons in chemistry, physics, biology, and other subjects are becoming a reality thanks to many independent companies.

Through a personalized virtual learning environment platform, Brazilian educators are learning how to adapt pedagogical styles when teaching deaf students.

This article explains the benefits of using video feedback and provides recommendations for instructors.  

Educators share tips on creating a successful online learning environment for the entire class.

Remote labs at the UK Open University provide students and teachers a way to access lab equipment and conduct experiments from anywhere at any time.

Here is a list of free online courses for the future of education. Note: Some of the courses have already begun, but you can sign-up to get alerts for future sessions.

This report suggests that courses created with the help of an instructional designer will yield more interaction from students.

Online learning is an integral part of the Mizzou experience. To ensure continued success with innovative, high-touch and interactive learning experiences, the MU Distance Education Strategy Team was formed. Two task teams were also formed this year that will focus on online course/program quality and the support services available to distance students.

The Online Course and Program Quality Team will work to enhance the quality of MU distance programs. The group will monitor requirements and guidelines related to distance education set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The team will propose strategies for improvements that could be made to better meet certain requirements, such as substantive instructor-initiated interaction and instructor preparation to teach online. The Quality Team will also propose best practices for online courses and programs at MU.

The Distance Student Support Services Team will assess services available to distance students and identify gaps in service between campus and distance students. The group will make recommendations to the Distance Education Strategy Team for support services that need to be expanded upon or created to be more consistent with resources available for campus students. The group also will propose metrics by which services may be evaluated. 

Distance Education Strategic Working Group Structure

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Access to online course work can help students with scheduling conflicts, thereby reducing time to degree. To that end, faculty and instructional designers in several schools and colleges have developed additional online courses that meet general education requirements.

For summer 2018, 15 new offerings are available online that meet general education requirements. Online summer offerings currently include 116 self-paced online courses and 284 semester-based online courses totaling over 400 sections … and counting.

Among the new online courses satisfying general education requirements are:

  • ENGLISH 3400W: Survey of African American Literature, Beginnings to 1900 (Writing Intensive and meets A&S Diversity Requirement)
  • PEACE STUDIES 2291: Information Technology: Facilitation and Constraint for the Creative Mind (Meets Social Science Requirement)
  • PHILOSOPHY 4810: Philosophy of India (Meets A&S Diversity Requirement)
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE 2700: Comparative Political Systems (Meets Social Science Requirement)
  • PSYCHOLOGY 2310: Social Psychology (Meets Behavioral Science Requirement)
  • RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3451W: Religion in Science Fiction (Writing Intensive and meets Humanities Requirement)

See the full list of offerings at

Coming soon: New research report on time to degree for Mizzou students who take online and campus courses. Watch for that report this fall.



FY 17-18 was a big year for launching new online programs at MU. Thanks to the hard work of faculty, instructional designers, advisers and staff, several programs have opened or are getting ready to offer their first classes in AY 18-19. 

Programs opening soon:

  • Accountancy (MAcc)
  • Digital Humanities (Graduate Certificate)
  • Economics (MA)
  • Finance (MS)
  • Informatics for Public Health (Graduate Certificate)
  • Interactive Media (Graduate Certificate)
  • Public Health BHS
  • Veterinary Public Health (MPH)

Mizzou Online’s investment in new online program development continued with $1,584,131 dispersed as seed money to schools and colleges in FY 17-18.

Learn more about moving your program online or the process of applying for program development funds by contacting Mizzou Online Program Coordination at


Revenue is shared for distance-student-generated tuition in any class regardless of the location code of the class. Effective fiscal year 18-19, the revenue will be divided: 60% academic unit / 21% Campus / 19% Mizzou Online (60/21/19). The new model will also apply to summer terms in which tuition revenue is shared for distance and campus (undergraduate only) student enrollments in sections delivered through Mizzou Online. This shift of 6% of revenue from Mizzou Online’s share to Campus will result in an increase of approximately $2 million in the Campus allocation.

Note: This is the updated revenue share model for distance-student-generated enrollments.


An online educator shares his experience on reaching students and keeping them engaged with humor in a digital environment.

This article shows the benefits of virtual learning environments for online learning and group collaboration.

Seasoned online educators share experiences from years of trial and error in the digital environment.

 Instructors share some of their best practices for incorporating group work and collaboration in online classes.

 A well written instructor “bio” in an online course can help students more than you may think.

A virtual laboratory gives online students access to a 150 g-ton geotechnical centrifuge for research and study.

Instructional strategies to help students better comprehend text-based information in their online courses.

Wakelet is a free app for organizing online content with many possibilities for educators and students.

Review of best practices for developing and administering multiple-choice tests.

It is important, even in online courses, to take the necessary steps to create a welcoming experience.

Insightful tips to get more meaningful dialogue from online discussion forums.

This course offers online, nanotechnology students a way to participate in the lab.

Find out about three examples of how science education is going online.

Two resources to find free images for use in online courses.

Students role-play within a virtual world to learn and practice their foreign language skills.

Professors at MIT are utilizing immersive reality and other media to better present case studies to business students.

Online instructors often experience burnout to some degree, but here are several strategies to remain effective.

Engaging students is always important, but the key in online classes may be building relationships.

A technology writer identifies 10 trends to watch for as eLearning gains more traction in business and higher education in 2018.