Become an iStudy Instructor
iStudy courses at The University of Mississippi are developed and taught by current or retired University of Mississippi instructors. The Office of College Programs is always interested in developing new courses to offer to students.
As an instructor of an iStudy course, your responsibilities would include:
- Developing an interactive, engaging course on Blackboard;
- Grading lessons and tests within 7 days of being submitted;
- Providing extensive feedback to students through grading and supportive emails when needed;
- Communicating with the iStudy Coordinator regarding any problems or issues that arise.
The iStudy Office offers these support services for our instructors:
- An instructional designer to provide assistance and support;
- Multi-media support, including a facility in Oxford, to record you on video;
- Test proctoring;
- Student support services, including online library resources and a toll-free support number;
- All administrative aspects for the course.
Instructors of iStudy courses are paid monthly based on student testing, on a per-student set amount. Additionally, instructors receive a stipend for developing a new course or revising a current course.
Specific Steps for Becoming an iStudy Instructor
If you are interested in developing an iStudy course, please follow these steps:
- Contact the Coordinator of iStudy at (662) 915-1124 if you have specific questions about iStudy or need more information.
- Email a Curriculum Vita and the course you want to develop to firstname.lastname@example.org. After we receive your information we will request departmental approval. We will then contact you about getting started!
Course Development Process
New courses are constantly being developed and old courses are constantly being revised. The basic steps in the course development process are as follows:
- The instructor requests and receives course approval from his/her department chair and the Coordinator of iStudy (CIS).
- The instructor, CIS, and Instructional Designer (ID) meet to go over the basics of iStudy and the details of the course development process.
- The instructor submits the course introductory material and the first lesson to the ID.
- The instructor, and ID meet to discuss the items submitted. They then collaborate until the course is ready to go live.