Online Bootcamp

Are You Ready?

From zero dark thirty, this intense one week basic boot camp will provide you with the fundamentals for teaching online at UMKC.   You will receive hands-on training from seasoned online instructors, become certified to teach online at UMKC and begin the process of moving your course online.  You will receive time saving tips and tricks, learn about best practices in online instruction, and gain valuable insight into avoiding the common mistakes of beginning online instructors.

The boot camp will take you through two phases:

  1. Learning the basic technologies used to build and deliver an online course in Blackboard.  Gain an understanding of which online tools are right for you and which will help best meet the teaching and learning objectives of your course.
  2. Understand how teaching online differs from teaching in a face-to-face class.  Learn how to communicate with your class, assess learning outcomes,  effectively use technology, and to build activities for the online learner.

This workshop is not for the faint of heart. It will be fast and intense, but you won’t be in it alone. You will be paired with a boot camp partner and a faculty mentor will help guide you.  From the first day of the boot camp you will work as a team to learn about online education, build your online course and become certified to teach online at UMKC.

This boot camp open to any UMKC faculty member or instructor.  Individuals with little or no experience with online teaching will benefit the most from this boot camp. However, those online instructors wishing to become certified and who want to become more familiar with the technologies and best practices for teaching online are encouraged to attend.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the best practices related to online education.
  • Create the framework in Blackboard necessary to move your course online.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of online educational technologies and their use (Gradebook, wikis, forums, Starfish, Collaborate, others).
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of legal and ethical issues associated with teaching online.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of UMKC’s online policies and procedures.

Minimum Requirements

  • You are teaching a for-credit course at UMKC.
  • You have a course you want to develop.


Day of the Week Learning Tasks
Monday Orientation to Online Learning
Tuesday Creating and Aligning Learning Objectives
Wednesday Developing Assessments
Thursday Utilizing Available Tools
Friday Finalizing Your Gradebook