Achieving Academic Excellence for Online Education

The Office of eLearning is committed to supporting an environment of user-friendly education and universal inclusion to give online students an engaging learning experience. We support academic units, faculty, contracts, and assessment to ensure online student success and maintain the quality and growth of our online programming.

Blackboard Help For Students: If you are a student needing support with your online courses and Blackboard, please visit the Blackboard Student Support website.

Supporting Faculty

The Office of eLearning supports teaching and learning in the online environment. We provide online training, instructional design and course development services, and technical support for faculty in the online environment. Please view the Quick Start Guide to learn more about getting started with Blackboard.


Instructional Design Services

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.

Online Course Design Quality Assurance Standards: Developed to establish research-based effective guidelines and practices, the Quality Assurance (QA) Standards focus primarily on course design to ensure high quality learning environments in an effort to promote student retention and success. QA Standards range from Bronze (minimum requirements for all courses) to Gold (Internal QM certification). Learn more about each standard and how faculty may submit a self-review.

Quality Matters Course Reviews: Upon receiving QA Gold certification (Internal QM Certification), instructors can seek QM recognition for any course and receive a monetary stipend, which includes the opportunity for in-kind QM professional development, if funding is available. We encourage anyone interested in QM recognition to contact our QM Coordinator, Sharonda Lipscomb to discuss this option further. Learn more about Quality Matters at UA Little Rock.