Instructional Design Services

The STaR Office provides instructional design and course development assistance for all instructors using online learning technologies. Instructors are welcome to seek assistance at any time by calling, emailing or stopping by our office. We also provide a full-blown course development process and quality assurance resources. Please review the options below and contact our office should you have any questions.

help Assistance as needed – Contact our office at any time for instructional design questions or to obtain related training.
course design STaR Course Development Program – Instructors can sign-up to develop a course through our course development program. This program includes working closely with our instructional design team to develop a course based on best practices and internationally recognized course design standards. The program covers approximately 10 weeks and includes one-on-one meetings with an instructional designer and production assistance from a digital media specialist. While any instructor is eligible to go through the course development program, if funding is desired an application must be submitted.  Submit an application.
Quality Matters Quality Matters Course Reviews – Instructors can seek QM recognition for any course and receive a monetary stipend if funding is available. We encourage anyone interested in QM recognition to contact our QM Coordinator, Sean Orme ( to discuss this option further.

To better assist you we have assigned liaisons to each of the colleges.  Please see below to find your liaison.

Bowen Law School and The College of Arts, Letters and Sciences Liaison:

Sharonda Lipscomb

Sharonda Lipscomb

Sharonda has BBA and MEd both earned from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is also an adjunct for the Educational Leadership Department in Learning Systems Technology Education (LSTE) Online Program.

The College of Education and Health Sciences

Sean Orme

Sean Orme

Sean has been an instructional designer for 4 years at two different Arkansas Universities.  He received his Master’s degree in Educational Technology which was a fully online program. This has helped Sean understand the student’s perspective in online courses.

The College of Engineering Information Technology and The College of Social Sciences and Communications


Sharonda Lipscomb for assistance with instructional design.
Sean Orme for Quality Matters assistance.

The College of Business

Paul Francis

Paul Francis

Paul has an MBA and fifteen years of online course design and teaching experience, using WebCT and Blackboard. He specializes in building and delivering online tests and the Copyright/Fair Use Policy.