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.
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.
- 4 ½ day Face-to-Face Workshop
- 8-Week Online Course
- Self-Paced Online Course
- Planning an online class
- Designing an online class
- Use of Blackboard and other technology tools in an online class
- Promoting student engagement in virtual environments
- Assessing student learning
Who Should Attend
- Full and part-time faculty who are planning to teach a new 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 or redesign an online course and would like additional training on how to create an effective and engaging online course
Delphi U offers UofL faculty an unmatched opportunity to explore best practices in course design, engagement strategies, and student evaluation for the online classroom. As a participant in Delphi U, you can expect to:
- Explore legal and regulatory policies relating to an online course.
- Structure an online course to promote ease of navigation and learner engagement.
- Explore the instructor’s role in an online course.
- Utilize technology tools commonly associated with an online course, including Blackboard.
- Design assessments to maximize the benefits offered by the online learning environment.
- Develop strategies to gather feedback from learners to help you continually improve your online course.
Choose Your Session
Participants in the face-to-face workshop will work directly with members of the instructional design team and with other faculty members from across the university as they develop artifacts and plan activities for their online class. This 4 ½ day introduction to online instruction provides information on a wide range of topics.
The next face-to-face workshop will be offered Monday, May 23 - Friday, May 27, 2022.
8-Week Online Course
Delphi U Online is a convenient way to explore best practices in online instruction. Participants will interact with one another and course facilitators within Blackboard. This online course takes place over 8 weeks. Participants will be responsible for completing activities and engaging with one another during each week of the course.
This is primarily an asynchronous course although there are optional opportunities for synchronous (real-time) interaction.
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 and others each week.
Online Delphi U sessions are offered in the fall (September), spring (February) and summer (June).
8-Week Online Course: Monday, February 7 - Sunday, April 10, 2022
Self-Paced Online Course
The Self-Paced Delphi U Online program is 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 cover the same material and complete the same exercises as offered in other versions of Delphi U but can do so at their own pace. The self-paced nature of this course does mean that peer-to-peer interaction and engagement is limited.
Self-Paced Online Course
Get Delphi Certified
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.