Faculty Resources

Online Course Awards

The Office of the Provost, Office of Extended Learning and the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching are pleased to announce the establishment of the Provost Teaching Innovation Prize.

This annual online teaching award, developed to distinguish and showcase effective, memorable and inspiring student distance learning experiences created by our faculty. The intent also is to recognize the commitment and diligent work of our faculty involved in online and mixed-mode learning and teaching.

APPLY NOW! Nominations are due Feb. 10, 2017.

Click here for more information about the Provost Teaching Innovation Prize, awards, eligibility, and nominations.

Click here to learn more about previous winners of the Provost Teaching Innovation Prize.

Blackboard Faculty Helpguides

Click here to access Blackboard Helpguides for faculty.

Course Evaluations

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Course Access

Faculty may request access to online Blackboard courses for academic secretaries, department chairs, deans, etc.

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Service Request

If you need assistance in making your online course more robust and engaging, simply check the service you need below and return this service request to the Online Learning Helpdesk, 241 David M. French Hall, by e-mail to olhelp@umflint.edu or call (810) 237-6691.

  Download Form          Online Form


Online development stipends are available to faculty for course development, contingent on availability of funds.

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Quality Guidelines for Online Courses

This rubric is intended to assist faculty in developing online courses of quality and may be used as a self-assessment tool during course development, to review existing courses, and as a tool for peer-to-peer review of courses.

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  Faculty Self-Assesment Form     

  Observation Documentation Form

  Peer Observation Guide Form


Instructional Design Support

Blackboard assistance

Sit with our Online Helpdesk staff (not to be confused with the ITS Helpdesk) for weekday at-the-elbow assistance. Or, call our phone support, 810-237-6691, available seven days a week.  See our hours, helpguides, and contact information in the right hand margin.

Instructional design and technology support

For one-on-one assistance in course development, contact one of our instructional designers.


Faculty Workstations

Need to record or create digital content? Use our private faculty computer station loaded with the latest audio-video software, available 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Book a time slot or just drop in to 241 French Hall.

Online Instructor Programs

Available to higher education faculty and K-12 teachers across the nation, this series of fully online courses will show you how to design and deliver a quality course via the Internet - free for UM-Flint faculty, competitively priced for others.

Peer Observation Certification

Become certified to conduct course observations for your colleagues!  In conjunction with the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching (TCLT) and Office of the Provost, OEL offers a two-day peer observation and coaching program for online faculty.  Similar to the TCLT program for face-to-face courses, the program provides faculty a nonjudgmental format in which to garner formative feedback, all toward the goal of continuous quality improvement.  Click here for more information or register now for the next session.



The Office of Extended Learning (OEL) provides exam proctoring services for UM-Flint students who are taking online or mixed-mode courses.

Click here for proctoring requests and policies.


Tk20 is a comprehensive assessment, planning, and reporting system designed for collecting and managing academic and non-academic departmental assessment activities to create a culture of evidence throughout the campus.

Click here to learn more about Tk20 and to view help guides.


Workshops are active participation events (typically hands-on) and are free to all UM-Flint faculty and staff. 

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