Georgia Highlands College

eLearning Resources For Faculty

As an eLearning faculty member, you face unique challenges in the design, development and implementation of eLearning courses.  The resources below are here to help you build quality courses which  provide students with a positive learning experience.

Academic Course Syllabus Guidelines

Best Practices in Online Teaching Strategies

“In the following report, The Hanover Research Council reviews the best practice teaching strategies in the field of online education.”

Best Practices for the Asynchronous and Synchronous Communication

From the University of Wisconson-Madison

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a powerful, flexible online web conferencing tool that can be used for running online classroom sessions, meetings, office hours, and much more. Training, guides, best practices, and support information can be found 

for faculty monitors

for faculty and staff facilitators

for participants and students,

or contact Sarah Hepler ( for assistance.

The 'Dos and Don'ts' of Synchronous Online Learning


Desire2Learn Information

        A.  Here is an outline of the major components of D2L for you to review and get accustom to the D2L terminology.

       B.   Here is an excellent D2L10.2 training manual developed by Autumn Schaffer at Gordon State College.


       C.   Test your knowledge of the major components of D2L by playing one or more of the games at the following site,



Instructional Resource Center (IRC)

This is the first place to start learning about eLearning.  The IRC supports the professional growth and development for all employees and is committed to this as a part of its educational goals. Its goal is to provide faculty with resources, knowledge, and skills they need to be successful in fostering student learning and in otherwise enabling the College to meet its goal. 

GHC Course Self Review.

Is your eLearning course designed and taught using the accepted best practices? Use the Course Self Review form to examine your course and make changes or to give you satisfaction of a job well done . Self Review form


Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard, ANGEL, Desire2Learn, Pearson eCollege, Canvas, Moodle, and other learning systems. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment, or moved from one LMS to another. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project. Get Respondus from the Intranet.

StudyMate Author

StudyMate Author is a Windows-based authoring tool that enables instructors to create learning activities that students access within online courses or anywhere on the Internet. Get StudyMate from the Intranet.

Designing & Teaching Hybrid Courses

How online instruction can improve your classroom effectiveness.Using his own prior experiences as a model, Mr. Pagnani will show you how to design and teach a hybrid course, and will explain why this approach may become the future standard in course design.  Innovation 20/20 is a production of the Initiative on Innovation in Teaching and Technology in the UGA College of Education.

More on Hybrid Courses

Ten Simple Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses

This is a resource from the University of Arkansas as Little Rock.  It contains a good overview of design element faculty should think about.



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