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UM to offer late start courses

The University of Montana is offering late start courses for the third consecutive semester to all students, faculty and staff.

Almost all of the late start courses are offered online and are 9 weeks long, beginning 6 weeks after the start of the semester on February 24th. Courses are offered in a variety of subjects, and are the same number of units as regular 15-week semester courses.

“By offering the late start courses, we are able to provide our UM students with more flexibility to fill their schedules after experiencing hardship or falling behind in regular semester classes. Sometimes students will drop classes, and this leaves them subject to financial aid or scholarship requirement complications,” says Nancy Clouse, Senior Instructional Designer and Interim ID Manager at UMOnline. “Instead, students can sign up for a late start class, to ensure that their credits don’t fall below the minimum semester credits threshold.”

Though the course may be shorter in length, there is no lack of quantity of work nor the difficulty of the course. In fact, these courses might even be more challenging for some students due to the condensed nature of the course. The courses have the same amount of work as a normal course, but they are accelerated and condensed into a 9-week block.

Late start courses are offered to all students, faculty and staff. Students can log into Banner to register for courses and are encouraged to sign up early, as they tend to fill up quickly. Courses commence on February 24th.

Spring 2020 course offerings are as follows:

  • AHMS 270 E - Medical Ethics, taught by Mark Hanson
  • DANC 130A - Intro to Dance, taught by Laurel Sears
  • DANC 234L - Dance in Popular Movies, taught by Laurel Sears*
  • GEO 105N - Oceanography, taught by Nancy Hinman
  • GRMN 106H - Intro to German Culture, taught by Marty Marko*
  • JRNL 100H - Media History and Literature, taught by Ray Fanning
  • M 105 - Contemporary Math, taught by Lauren Fern
  • MUSI 132L - History of Rock & Roll, taught by Jeff Brandt
  • SPNS 101 - Elementary Spanish I, taught by Micaela Downey*
  • THTR 120A - Intro to Acting I, taught by Aimee Paxton**

* Marked courses are new this semester

** Marked course is new this semester, but not taught online.



OLC, UPCEA, & WCET Memberships

To celebrate NDLW, this week, every day of the week, UMOnline will share with faculty, students and staff several resources, ideas and examples of the type of work you can do with us.

Today, we would like to share with you 3 different memberships that we have available for faculty and staff that work at the University of Montana. Join one, two or all of them!


OLC is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Institutional Member Benefits: 


UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education. For more than 100 years, UPCEA has served most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. Founded in 1915, the association serves its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA also builds greater awareness of the vital link between contemporary learners and public policy issues.

Institutional Member Benefits:

  • Access to research from our Center for Research and Strategy
  • Members have access to CORe to get real-time advice, have questions answered and gain ideas from other members - Members also have access to our membership directory – Your CORe login credentials are the same as your member portal credentials
  • UPCEA’s weekly Briefing which is delivered to all members inboxes keeping the PCO community updated on trends and important information
  • Member content in CORe such as benchmarking studies, conference session slides, and webinars, both live and recorded
  • Ability to join one or more Networks that focus on the seven areas of professional, continuing and online education
  • Member pricing to our national and regional conferences
  • Member-only awards on the national and regional levels as well as for marketing efforts

WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies

WCET is a national, membership-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of effective practices and policies, advancing excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education.

Institutional Member Benefits:

  • All University of Montana administrators, staff, and faculty are invited to subscribe to WCET’s member-only email lists.  
  • WCETNews - WCET produces a compilation of national news related to higher ed and technology, in three categories – academic, technology and policy. It is a great way to stay on top of what is happening in higher ed and technology. Also, members can advertise job openings via WCET’s Friday Job Posts.
  • WCETDiscuss - This is WCET’s moderated list for discussions. There are excellent exchanges and sharing via this list over a wide range of issues – from how instructional design is organized to adjunct faculty pay to the integration of web collaboration tools and more. WCET’s membership includes resources from institutions of all sizes and sectors across the country.
  • WCET’s website is full of useful resources related to WCET’s primary focus areas: Emerging Technologies, Faculty Success, Student Success, Policy & Regulations, and Organizational Success. Examples of current issues include adaptive learning, credentials for 21st Century, accessibility, academic integrity, IoT and VR, and state authorization. 


To celebrate NDLW, today, we would like to remind students, advisors and faculty about EdReady.

The EdReady Montana program is a personalized, free, no-credit, online program that helps students master the mathematics skills they need to succeed: to help students raise their math placement score, to prepare for an upcoming math course, to fill in any gaps in general math skills, or to supplement a particular math course. Since the program is online, you can work on the material at your own pace whenever it best fits into your schedule. You will also receive support throughout the learning process that includes progress checks, help with the math content if needed and technical support.

For students who intend to major in a non-STEM track (those who will need to take M105 or M115 to satisfy their major requirements), completion of the EdReady module designed specifically for that class will serve as a substitute for the placement test. While this may take more time than a test, results have shown that students are able to avoid taking developmental math classes and are more prepared for their (M105 or M115) math class because they get to brush up on the skills needed for success in that course prior to the first day of class!

Curious about how EdReady works? Check out this three-minute video: "How The EdReady Montana Program Works."

EdReady Montana is a Project of Montana Digital Academy (MTDA), housed at the University of Montana. MTDA is the state-wide online supplemental education program for the state of Montana. Started by the Montana Legislature in 2009, the program has grown to serve over 500 schools state-wide with their essential and extended programming including the EdReady Montana Program which is privately funded by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation since inception in 2014.

To learn more about EdReady Montana and sign up, contact UM's EdReady Coordinator Lauren Fern at

Engaging Teaching Practices Course

To celebrate NDLW, today, we would like to remind you of the Engaging Teaching Practices Course.

We are piloting a new online resource on engaging teaching practices this fall, which offers an introduction to research on how students learn, clear guidelines for making your courses accessible to all students, and practical strategies for engaging students throughout the semester.

Assistant Professor, Allison Wilson, from the Department of Teaching and Learning, shares her thoughts on the course in the following statement:

"Engaging Teaching Practices is absolutely a gem. The course contains endless resources to improve faculty teaching in a face-to-face and an online course environment. There is truly something for everyone. Even the most experienced and veteran course instructors will find remarkable opportunities to build on current practice and increase opportunities for meaningful student engagement.

I found the various examples of rubrics and assessment opportunities to be particularly valuable. Specifically, the sample discussion board rubric and the resource, 50 Techniques for Assessing Course-Related Knowledge and Skills. With so many turn-key documents and valuable resources I found myself bookmarking, downloading, and saving materials constantly!

While to some, the initial amount of information and resources may appear overwhelming, everything in the course is so well-organized and a one-stop-shop for professional development. I know I’ll continue to go back and visit various aspects of this course throughout my future teaching. I’m grateful and impressed that the University of Montana has placed such a considerable emphasis on teaching excellence, something so critical for student success."

-Allison Wilson, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education

You can self-enroll in Engaging Teaching Practices and have the option to earn a Certificate of Completion for the course.

Course Design Showcase

To celebrate NDLW, today, we would like to share with you three different examples of courses the Instructional Design and the Innovation Studio team have created in partnership with faculty from the University of Montana.

This video features 'The TESOL Certificate Program,' developed and taught by Jeanie Castillo and Josh Rosenberger; 'Introduction to Art History,' developed by Valerie Hedquist and Jerod Peitsmeyer; and 'Introduction to Russian Culture,' developed and taught by Ona Renner-Fahey.

If you are curious to learn more about:

If you are interested in learning more about how our team can help you develop new online courses, please reach out to Nancy Clouse at

UMOnline Support

For the last day of National Distance Learning Week, we would like to share with all of you the different areas UMOnline is focusing on:

  • Fully online programs for people in Montana, the region and nationwide who cannot relocate to Missoula. This includes opportunities for working professionals to acquire additional qualifications for the purpose of career advancement.
  • Online courses for UM students already on campus to provide flexibility in their schedule and offer a variety of opportunities that they can mix in with their face-to-face courses.
  • Non-credit/Continuing education opportunities: these types of credentials help people of all ages to learn new skills and continue their lifelong learning experiences.

If you are a student, check out these programs, courses and the student support we offer on our website.

If you are a faculty member or staff, these are the different services and support we can offer you:

  • Online Course Development
  • Training
  • Content and tools accessibility testing, in collaboration with ATS
  • Moodle support
  • Student support and registration
  • Online Program Launch Support
  • Market Research
  • Finance, agreements and oversight
  • Data and Reports
  • Marketing
  • Regulatory compliance

Reach out to UMOnline today!

Online Beekeeping Program Recognized

UPCEA recognizes Online Beekeeping Certificate Program at Regional Conference

Recipients receive Award

 MISSOULA – By nature, beekeeping is a hands-on activity that requires frequent interaction between keepers and bees, but that’s not stopping the University of Montana’s Master Beekeeping Online Certificate program from achieving ‘buzzing’ coastal recognition. This fall, the Online Beekeeping Certificate Program received an award for Outstanding Non-Credit Program at the SUPER 2019: UPCEA Central & West Regional Conference. UPCEA (University Professional and Continuing Education Association) is an American non-profit association for professional, continuing, and online higher education. UPCEA promotes and encourages excellence through their awards programs by recognizing outstanding continuing higher education leadership, programs, services and a variety of other resources. In order to be recognized by UPCEA the program had to meet award-based criteria and receive outstanding marks on its significant impact in the future of online education.   

The online program educates beekeepers of all levels using science-based principles of beekeeping and the latest discoveries in honey bee health. It includes three levels of university coursework starting with Apprentice, to Journeyman and ending with Master. The program is currently offered for CEUs or optional academic credit for undergraduate students. Since inception in 2012, the program has served over 1,000 individual students across the United States, Canada, and 17 other countries.

With the recent resurgence in beekeeping across the world University of Montana researchers Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk, Scott Debnam, and Phillip Welch desired to help train beekeepers on the best practices of keeping healthy hives. Prior to assisting with the program, the research team were leaders in honey bee research studying colony collapse disorder, mapping bee flights using LIDAR, and even training bees to find dead bodies and land mines! The beekeeping program began as a face-to-face endeavor offering the Apprentice course in Missoula in 2012. Upon realizing student proximity and scheduling limitations, UMOnline staff and three instructors banded together to cultivate three online courses packed with massive amounts of video, animations, and assessment tools throughout ensuring an optimized environment for students. All courses are captioned and fully accessible. Additional topics have been added to all three courses as research progresses.

For those looking to recall events from the conference, it is searchable on social media platforms using #UPCEASUPER2019.

If you are interested in learning more about the Online Beekeeping Certificate program, visit:

For more information about other online programs or certificates, please visit:

Holly Kulish, UMOnline Beekeeping Program Manager | 406-243-4168 |

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Breanna Niekamp, UMOnline Marketing Coordinator | 406-243-2502 |

UM Partners with Analytics Company

University of Montana and Burning Glass Technologies Partnership to Accelerate Success

MISSOULA – The University of Montana is working with Burning Glass Technologies, an analytical software company, to provide unique data when developing new programs or updating current curriculum.

Burning Glass provides analytics software tools that pull data from over 50,000+ sites daily to create a pool of accessible job market, and program/skillset data. Analysis from this data can provide the education community with a list of skillsets that students will need in order to be prepared at graduation to enter the workforce. Other institutions and organizations have successfully utilized this data to improve and update their programs, certifications and courses. The University of Montana aims to employ these tools to develop new curriculum, or update current curriculum, and provide career services support, among other activities.

The Program Insight and Labor Insight tools provide data such as; job postings, skills, salaries, educational levels, skill gaps and comparisons, industries, and others. Degree Programs and Certificates can be researched by university using Department of education data, institutional information and rankings based on the number of students that have graduated within the past 5 years.

UMOnline, Enrollment Management and Strategic Communications, Career Services, Alumni Association and the Data Office are just a few of the departments with access to Burning Glass tools to support faculty, departments, colleges and programs, and current or future students.

If you are interested and would like more information on Burning Glass Technologies Analytical tools, training, or would like access to data, please contact Maricel Lawrence, Executive Director – UMOnline, 406-243-5566,

To learn more about Burning Glass Technologies, visit:

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Breanna Niekamp, Marketing Coordinator – UMOnline, 406-243-2502,