Delphi University (Delphi U)

Delphi U offers faculty the chance to get many of their questions and concerns about online courses answered in an engaging environment. Participants will be introduced to ways of designing, developing, delivering, and assessing online classes. After completing this free and informative workshop, faculty will leave Delphi U with a head start on creating or re-designing an online course.

Delphi U offers faculty the chance to get many of their questions and concerns about online courses answered in an engaging environment. Participants will be introduced to ways of designing, developing, delivering, and assessing online classes. After completing this free and informative workshop, faculty will leave Delphi U with a head start on creating or re-designing an online course.

Three Ways to Participate in Delphi U

We offer three ways to complete Delphi U so participants can find the program that works best for their needs. Learn more about the program options.

  • In-Person Course
  • 8-Week Online Course
  • Self-Paced Online Course

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Teaching Online
  • Preparing Your Online Course
  • Engagement in an Online Course
  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Putting it All Together

Who Should Attend

  • Full and part-time faculty who are planning to teach a new fully online course in an upcoming semester and would like training and exposure to best practice principles and resources
  • Full and part-time faculty who are planning to enhance a current fully online course and would like additional training on how to create an effective and engaging online course

Program Benefits

In a fun and engaging environment, Delphi U offers an unmatched opportunity for faculty to discover and utilize best practices in course design to engage and evaluate online students.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Apply Quality Matters (QM) principles in course design, development, delivery and assessment
  • Integrate best practices for online course instruction, design, management, and evaluation
  • Identify and utilize technology resources for conducting an online course
  • Utilize technology tools for development or re-design of an online course

Choose Your Session

  • Click to Show/HideIn-person Course

    In-person Delphi U sessions are designed to offer one-on-one support and a hands-on experience. Participants will self-identify based on individual confidence/competence levels with certain technologies ranging from basic mechanics to more advance features. This 5-day introduction to online instruction provides information in a wide variety of topics, with multiple tracks offered for specific sessions.

    The in-person Delphi U sessions are offered in May each year.

  • Click to Show/Hide8-Week Online Course

    Delphi U Online is a convenient way to explore best practices in online instruction. Participants will learn two primary concepts: first, what it is like to be an online learner, and second, how to effectively teach online.

    This course is made up of eight modules that are covered one week at a time.

    1. Module 1: Introduction to Online Instruction
    2. Module 2: Preparing for your Online Course Part 1
    3. Module 3: Preparing for your Online Course Part 2
    4. Module 4: Communication Tools
    5. Module 5: Managing an Online Course
    6. Module 6: Introduction to Technology Tools
    7. Module 7: Assessing Learning
    8. Module 8: Concluding an Online Course

    All topics will be open from the first week to allow participants to look ahead while knowing that there will be assignments in each week that require collaboration among peers. The program includes optional synchronous (real-time) sessions for interaction with the instructor and peers, but all other portions of the class are asynchronous (anytime, anyplace).

    Delphi U Online is designed to give participants the same type of interactive experience that their future online students will have. The course requires that participants commit time to complete assignments and interact with the course materials each week.

    Online Delphi U sessions are offered in the fall (September), spring (February) and summer (June).


    Fall 8-Week Online Course: September 9 – November 3, 2019

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  • Click to Show/HideSelf-Paced Online Course

    The Self-Paced Delphi U Online program is great for instructors who need to get up to speed quickly to prepare for an upcoming course. This option is also ideal for those who are unable to register for the in-person or 8-week online program options due to scheduling constraints. Participants can register at any time and complete the course as their schedule allows.

    Participants will complete the same material as those in the 8-week online program, but will do so at their own pace. They'll master techniques required for quality online instruction while experiencing what it is like to be an online learner, and they will receive communications from the course facilitator as they complete each assignment and module.

    This course is made up of eight modules:

    • Module 1: Introduction to Online Instruction
    • Module 2: Preparing for your Online Course Part 1
    • Module 3: Preparing for your Online Course Part 2
    • Module 4: Communication Tools
    • Module 5: Managing an Online Course
    • Module 6: Introduction to Technology Tools
    • Module 7: Assessing Learning
    • Module 8: Concluding an Online Course

    Delphi U Online is designed to give participants the same type of interactive experience that their future online students will have. The course requires that participants commit time to complete assignments and interact with the course materials each week.


    Self-Paced Online Course

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Get Delphi Certified

Graduates of Delphi U 2013

The Delphi Certified designation is applied to online courses that have met the rigor of the Quality Matters (QM) course design process and rubric. There are eight general QM Standards that are used for the course review process. Submitted courses are reviewed by the Delphi Center Instructional Design and Technology staff. Faculty that have successfully completed Delphi U or Delphi U Online and have taught an online course at least one time are eligible for the review. To receive more information on the Delphi Certified course review process, contact Deb Hatfield by email or telephone at 502.852.0412.

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