Resources that support your online teaching

Findings from 2018 EDUCAUSE reports on student and instructor use of educational technologies, including a report specific to the University of Missouri.

One instructor shares how she has effectively taken her teaching to the next level by promoting curiosity, perseverance, and hard work in her students.

Here are some science-based teaching insights from ‘How Humans Learn,’ a new book from the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University.

A faculty member shares tips on keeping class content current across multiple learning management systems from semester to semester.

This fun article provides ideas for adding visualizations to course content including infographics, reports, mind maps, and more.

Researchers at Oregon State University developed a virtual microscope for distance students in biology courses, and the product is now available for free from the institution’s OER library.

This article describes some of the benefits that virtual reality can have in education, and provides ideas and resources for getting started.

There are many methods instructors can use to make their online course can feel more personable, and this article offers tips and suggestions in the areas of presence, empathy, and awareness.

This article explores the ways in which social media can be effectively used at the institutional and classroom level.

Arizona State University’s partnership with the National World War II Museum in New Orleans to create a fully online master’s degree program is highlighted along with other examples of university-museum collaborations.

This professor shows how to give balanced feedback and create a comfortable learning environment so students can learn from praise and criticism.

Open education resources (OER) to help faculty create and teach online courses – from small to massive.

This article provides brief descriptions and links to AI tools that can improve accessibility experiences in eLearning.

A WCET Frontiers discussion on the academic integrity of adult learners taking online exams including suggestions for institutions of higher education.

A long-time member of UPCEA discusses the next step in working with adult learners, heutagogy, to encourage self-directed learning.

Open SUNY offers free and open resources for online practitioners including online course design rubrics, courses for online instructors, and digital badging.

The SUNY system shares their experience instilling digital accessibility with many helpful links to resources from other institutions and from EDUCAUSE.

This article provides a balanced view of how artificial intelligence can and is being used in higher education with many examples from faculty.

GameOn.World is a great example of a game developed by a teacher and one of his students as a free resource for others.

A helpful list of tips and technology resources that will help your students improve their writing.

Using holograms and robots, “Professor Avatar” aims to provide many students with access to world class educators.

An experienced online educator provides research-based methods to create community in online courses.

Many institutions are supplementing or replacing physical lab spaces with virtual reality, and they are finding interesting results.

One study finds that students want more interaction in their online STEM courses, and the authors suggest applying universal design for learning (UDL) principles.

Students are “learning without borders” by using technology to build learning communities across institutions.

An experienced online instructor shares how structure and effective communication all starts with the syllabus.

This article provides ways in which online instructors can approach their role in peer review discussion board assignments.

The common pitfalls of online course design are identified, and many ideas for avoiding or fixing them are discussed.

The Center for Teaching and Learning at Yale provides an overview of how virtual reality could be utilized as a teaching tool while discussing many considerations for course developers.

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

View strategic working group membership.  If you have questions or suggestions, please send them our way.


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