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Online Teaching, Learning and Course Administration Support

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The Right Tools to Deliver Online Courses

In 2017, University of Missouri Extension launched its Canvas learning management system (LMS) to leverage learning technologies for “high-tech” program delivery. Our publicly-accessible online learning platform enhances access to the resources and research of the University of Missouri through learning that is both flexible and immediately accessible. Our audiences can interact with us virtually anytime, anywhere. Individuals have accessed our online courses from as far as Canada and Mexico.

Canvas, along with additional integrated technologies — Kaltura video management, CIDI Design Tools, UDOIT accessibility checking software and VoiceThread, an online communication and collaboration tool — are part of Extension’s suite of technologies to support our mission. In addition, Examity, an online proctoring service using professionally-trained live proctors, supported by AI-based behavior analysis, will be an upcoming addition to our Canvas system in the spring of 2020.

Our new Canvas LMS’ popularity is backed by statistics. During 2018, the number of MU Extension Canvas courses increased over 300%, and participants increased by almost as much.

We Can Help

New to online teaching? Learning and Teaching Services is committed to supporting faculty’s ability to offer highly engaging, rigorous learning opportunities in the online environment through professional development opportunities and resources. Learning and Teaching Services provides instructional design, multimedia, and learning technologies support, along with online course administration services, to foster high-quality, interactive, and engaging learning experiences. Services include project planning, instructional design, media development, closed captioning services, tools and resources and course reviews.

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    How do I get started developing an online course?

    Whether you are building an online course for the first or the tenth time, creating from the ground up can seem overwhelming. Teaching online may also be daunting not only for first time virtual instructors, but also for experienced instructors who are trying to use the newest technologies. The resources below will boost your confidence and abilities.

    We’ve provided a tool to help you Define your program’s value and prepare to meet with your education director. Careful thought in the beginning of a new project will focus your development efforts. Streamline online course development using our MU Extension approved and adopted online course development process.

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    Is there a Canvas starter course?

    Want to learn more about Canvas? Enroll in our Canvas Quick Start course. This self-paced Canvas orientation is designed to familiarize instructors with Canvas LMS essential functions and tools and serve you as an ongoing resource. This course will remain available to you after you have completed the modules and updated continually so you will be aware of any new developments and resources.

    Enroll in Canvas Quick Start.

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    Can we to visit about a new project?

    Yes. Request a consultation.

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    What does course administration involve?

    You’re the content expert. We’ll help with Canvas. When you are ready to develop an online course, your MU Extension Canvas team will:

    • Provide an initial consultation to discuss your needs.
    • Provide course development resources
    • Provide Canvas training via a Canvas self-paced course
    • Manage your course card images
    • Develop your course completion certificate
    • Provide ongoing Canvas systems support
    • Conduct an accessibility check before launch
    • Provide a course site prepopulated with templates.
      • Home page
      • Syllabus
      • Module overview
      • Course evaluation
      • Demographics survey
      • Certificate of completion page
    • Integrate all systems so your course displays and functions optimally
    • Manage course states
      • Publish and launch course
      • Open and close enrollment
      • Conclude and archive course when completed