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Community of Practice

Our Community of Practice forum strives to bring together all instructional faculty and staff at Mississippi State University who want to engage with teaching online.

Community of Practice gatherings are casual discussions where we can exchange ideas, share teaching experiences, and explore leading research in higher ed and online education. Sessions are supported by certified instructional designers and experienced teachers, and topics are chosen by our participants.

Our participants reflect every level of instructional experience, all colleges, and distinct individual perspectives about online education at Mississippi State University. Be a part of a larger academic community.

Door prizes will be awarded at all in-person and virtual events. Light refreshments will be offered at all in-person events. Register no later than 11 AM on the day of the event to be entered for the door prize.

To register for any of these sessions, please click the registration form button below:


Date Time Location
February 23 2:00 pm Union, Room 325
February 24 2:00 pm Webex
March 30 2:00 pm Union, Room 325
March 31 2:00 pm Webex
April 27 2:00 pm Union, Room 325
April 28 2:00 pm Webex

From the Community

“[The Community of Practice] is a fun place to learn new things, bounce ideas off of colleagues, and make new connections. Teaching online can have different issues or constraints than face-to-face teaching, so connecting with others who are familiar with those things really helps improve my teaching.”

Dr. Athena Nagel

“Having an Online Community of Practice is helpful in learning which tools are available here at MSU and which online teaching techniques have been effective for other instructors. Why reinvent the wheel when others have already bought the car and kicked the tires?

Bob Swanson

“I like attending these sessions because everyone there has a different background and knowledge base. They have each done their own research, tried different techniques, and learned about what works for their class. The great part is everyone is willing to share and learn from each other.”

Dr. John Ezell

“Given the time constraints that everyone experiences in academia, I appreciate having a place I can go and quickly be exposed to a suite of ideas. Seeing how peers have specifically executed an online teaching methodology and learning about what they do helps me to get out of my engineering box and to think bigger than what direction I might regularly choose for my instructional methods.”

Dr. Reuben Burch