Program Development

Develop and Launch new courses, programs, non-credit offerings, micro-credentials, digital badges and more. The UMOnline team is here to support you with information and guide you through to the finish line. Below you can find more information about how we can help you but if you don't see what you are looking for, feel free to reach out to request more information or propose new projects to us.

Distance Education Services

  • Online Program Launch Support visualization; market research, online portfolio management, financial proformas, internal approvals, student recruitment, marketing, course development, external approvals, application and admissions, student registration, student support, delivery, data collection, continuous support, program review and changes.

    Online Program Launch Support

    Are you interested in launching an online course or program, UMOnline can assist you by guiding you through the process it takes to turn your course or program from an idea into a reality. Please reach out to Eric Vorkoeper, Director of Distance Education for more information. 

    UMOnline has access to LightCast, and can provide you a detailed market analysis of your current, prospective online or distance program and courses. Please submit our LightCast Inquiry form and we will reach out to you shortly.

  • Non-credit, Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges

    Non-Credit, Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges

    UMOnline at the University of Montana can help you design, create and launch non-credit courses and programs, micro-credentials and digital badges

    If you'd like to discuss various components of your program such as market analysis, financial considerations, credit options, learning outcomes, or digital badging, please contact Outreach & Special Programs Manager, Holly Kulish.

  • Data and Marketing Support visual

    Data and Marketing Support

    UMOnline works closely with UM's Data Office to provide data related to online learning for departments and colleges. If you need a specific online data point, please reach out to Jeff Wimett, Data and Finance Coordinator for more information. 

    UMOnline works in unison with various partners across campus and outside of campus including public relations, photography, graphic design, trademark and licensing, and Missoula's Chamber of Commerce. If you would like more information about marketing services, please reach out to Breanna Niekamp, Marketing Data Research Analyst for more information.

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUS)

    Continuing Education Units (CEUS)

    The CEU is a nationally recognized system of recording and recognizing participants in noncredit professional educational courses, programs and other activities. Activities for which CEUs are to be recorded must be approved in advance and must not be publicized as qualifying for CEUs until institutional approval has been granted. The CEU records the extent of an individual's participation in non-credit continuing education activities, and should not be confused with performance in an academic course for degree credit.

    For more information about CEUs, refer to the CEU Guidelines. To apply for CEUs, download and complete the Application Form and please return the form and requested materials to Jeff Wimett.

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    Professional Development Units (PDUs)

    The University of Montana is an approved provider of Professional Development Units (PDU) certified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Qualified Montana educators may be issued a PDU Certificate upon the completion of approved Educator Professional Learning activities.

    For more information about PDUs, please refer to the Educator Professional Learning website at the Montana Office of Public instruction. To apply for PDUs, download and complete the Application Form and return the form and requested materials to Jeff Wimett.

  • External Memberships

    External Memberships

    As a faculty or staff member at the University of Montana, you have access to several memberships. This includes UPCEA, WCET and EAB. Check out our detailed page for more information about how you can become involved and utilize these memberships.