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Miami Online Services

Online Course Design

With our aim to encourage the effective practice of online learning at Miami University, our office ensures the consistency of the university's academic excellence by focusing on several key areas: quality standards for online courses, program evaluation, faculty development, and state authorization.

Course Design & Development

Our talented learning designers are well-versed in course design and development processes, working directly with faculty to ensure that Miami University's academic excellence translates seamlessly from the classroom to the digital learning environment. We empower faculty to reach high levels of student engagement in an online setting.

Quality Standards for Online Courses

To assess the quality of online course offerings, Miami Online has developed an initial Quality Standards for Miami Online Courses scorecard. This Miami-specific set of quality standards incorporates and builds upon industry best practices and various existing quality review processes (e.g., Quality Matters, Online Learning Consortium's OSCQR). Every course that receives Miami Online's full support achieves a score of 85 percent or higher, surpassing expectations set by industry peers.

The Miami Online Program Agreement (MOPA) indicates that a course must reach full development and meet or surpass quality standard expectations. If an online class does not meet these standards, it cannot be authorized for use in a Miami Online program.

Professional Education

The Professional Education arm of Miami Online prepares working professionals for the future by offering meaningful, industry-driven solutions.​​

Professional Education Course Design & Development

As with for-credit courses and degree programs, Miami Online learning designers work directly with faculty or other subject-matter experts (SMEs) to design and deliver engaging and effective professional development opportunities.

Corporate & Community Engagement

We're always excited to hear from corporate and community partners. Miami Online's Professional Education team can customize our adult and professional education offerings to the specific needs of an employer or organization. Examples include corporate analytics training and the Miami miniMBA.

Supporting Online Teaching and Learning

Learning Technology & Support

A variety of technology is utilized in teaching and learning across campus. Faculty, staff, and students have various needs when it comes to using educational technology effectively. Our office serves these needs by coordinating with multiple units across the university to ensure we use leading educational technology, support its implementation and adoption, and support its use.

Digital Learning Environment

A digital learning environment refers to the many tools and resources that effectively conduct learning and teaching in a digital capacity. This environment can include servers, software, systems, and more. Miami Online administers and supports Canvas, Miami's chosen Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas also entails integration with Kaltura (a video repository), Proctorio (online test proctoring), and Turnitin (plagiarism detector), among other external tools.

Classroom Technology

In addition to our focus on digital spaces, the Learning Technology & Support team, in partnership with IT's Technology Support Services, also focuses on classroom technology and how it can empower faculty and enhance face-to-face courses. For advice on ways to incorporate technology into your on-ground teaching, our Instructional Designers are happy to help.

Committees and Partnerships

Miami Online is a part of the conversation surrounding technology across campus, with a voice at the table on various committees. We coordinate with other support units, such as Academic Directors of Technology (ADOT), AccessMU, and IT Services.

Student Success

Miami Online dedicates itself to ensuring that online students have access to the same resources and opportunities as our on-campus students, so we've partnered with other Miami University academic and technical support units to ensure that those services can be readily available. In addition, our staff can identify and support students who may be falling behind in their online courses or program.

Faculty Development

Before teaching a Miami Online course, faculty complete a training course that encompasses educational technology essentials, effective online pedagogy, and course design and delivery. After conducting a needs analysis, each faculty member receives a personal Online Faculty Development Plan that highlights additional essential knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to advance or improve as an online instructor. Additionally, Miami Online faculty receive personal, one-on-one support from learning designers.

Our office supports the university through numerous training and development opportunities, technology and pedagogy resources, and ongoing research outside Miami Online programs and courses.

Miami Online

Miami Online broadens access to Miami University's academic excellence through career-advancing online degrees, certificates, and non-credit professional education programs.

Award-Winning Content

UPCEA Leaders in Professional, Continuing, and Online Education 2022 Telly Awards

Miami Online is the winner of the UPCEA Central Region's 2022 Excellence in Instructional Design Award and a 2022 Telly Award.

Military & Veteran Support

Collegiate Purple Star Award

Miami is designated as a Purple Star campus for its support of veteran and military-affiliated students.