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UM faculty members Karen Forgette (left), Guy Krueger and Andrew Davis have won the Digital Learning Innovation Award from the Online Learning Consortium. Photo by Kevin Bain

Three Faculty Win Digital Learning Innovation Award

Trio recognized as national leaders for advancing student success through personalized learning NOVEMBER 20, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Three University of Mississippi faculty members have earned a national award from Online Learning Consortium for advancing student success through adoption of digital courseware. Their work is having an impact across introductory writing courses and producing […]


Rhetoric Instructor Wins Blackboard Catalyst Award

Marc Watkins recognized in the Teaching & Learning category JUNE 19, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT Marc Watkins, an instructor in composition and rhetoric at the University of Mississippi, has been named the winner of the 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Award in the Teaching & Learning category, which honors those who have adopted flexible distance and online […]


Nobel Prize-winning author and UM alumnus William Faulkner’s short stories will be the focus of UM’s 2018 Common Reading Experience. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Faulkner Stories Selected for 2018 UM Common Reading Experience

Incoming students to read selections this summer FEBRUARY 16, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Ten selected short stories of a University of Mississippi alumnus and one of the most acclaimed American authors of the 20th century will be the focus of the university’s 2018 Common Reading Experience. The Common Reading Experience will showcase Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner’s short stories, […]


UM students Guangyi Zou and Yin Chang play the Chinese folk music duet ‘Molihua’ as part of the 2015 International Education Week. This year’s observance features demonstrations from Malpaso Dance Company of Cuba, among many other events. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

International Education Week Showcases Opportunities Abroad

Events encourage students and faculty to engage in learning about and from other cultures NOVEMBER 9, 2017 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE The University of Mississippi’s Office of Global Engagement is participating in a joint initiative between the federal departments of State and Education to showcase benefits of international education and promote programs that prepare students for […]


Sue Gardner, a journalist, executive and Internet activist speaks Monday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Overby Center for Politics and Southern Journalism. Photo by Victoria Will

UM Hosts Former Wikipedia Executive, Journalist and Internet Activist

Sue Gardner to deliver insights on social media and technology Nov. 13 on campus NOVEMBER 8, 2017 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The University of Mississippi will host journalist, executive and internet activist Sue Gardner on Monday (Nov. 13) for a discussion of “How the Internet Broke Democracy, and What We Can Do About It Now.” Gardner’s lecture is set […]


Nobel Prize-winning author and UM alumnus William Faulkner’s short stories will be the focus of UM’s 2018 Common Reading Experience. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Faulkner’s Short Stories Focus of 2018 UM Common Reading Experience

Selection fulfills original goal of committee to showcase author’s work NOVEMBER 3, 2017 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Selected short stories of a University of Mississippi alumnus and one of the most acclaimed American authors of the 20th century will be the focus of the university’s 2018 Common Reading Experience. The Common Reading Experience will showcase Nobel Prize-winning […]


The PLATO program allows students in large lecture classes to get a personalized learning experience.Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

PLATO Offers Students Personalized Learning

Program tailors lessons based on individual student needs MARCH 30, 2017 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE The University of Mississippi’s College of Liberal Arts is implementing a method of personalized learning for students in large courses. The Personalized Learning and Adaptive Teaching Opportunities Program, or PLATO, uses adaptive and interactive lessons to personally engage students in classes such as biology, chemistry, […]


Josh Green (right), director of Independence High School’s writing center, oversees a tutoring session with students Josh Figures and Martasia Copeland. Green reached out to the University of Mississippi – DeSoto Writing Center for resources and ideas. Submitted Photo

Schools Look to DeSoto Writing Center for Insight

Faculty and staff offer advice, resources for development of middle and high school centers JANUARY 5, 2017 BY ERIN GARRETT As director of the Writing Center at the University of Mississippi at DeSoto Center-Southaven, Jeanine Rauch sees the value of honing writing skills early. “Ultimately, writing is clear thinking,” said Rauch, an instructor in the university’s Department of Writing and […]


Professor Bob Cummings

THE DM: Writing With Wikipedia Class

November 10, 2016 | By Hannah Simmons for The Daily Mississippian Wikipedia tends to get a bad rap, but Professor Robert Cummings’ course “Writing with Wikipedia” is trying to change that. The course focuses on learning the ins and outs of how the site works. It also uses individual and team assignments, where students create or […]


Transitioning to College Writing Symposium

October 19, 2016 Teachers of diverse backgrounds and disciplines from Mississippi and surrounding areas will soon be joining UM faculty and high school, community college, and university writing teachers to participate in this year’s Transitioning to College Writing Symposium, which will be held on October 20 and 21, 2016, on The University of Mississippi campus in […]