UAM Faculty Member Receives Award For Online Course Design For eVersity

MONTICELLO, AR —  Crystal Halley, director of academic advising and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been honored by the United States Distance Learning Association for an online course she designed for University of Arkansas System eVersity, the UA’s online campus.

            Halley received the 2016 Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming Bronze Award on Wednesday at the USDLA annual national conference in St. Louis.

            A member of the UAM staff since 2007, Halley decided to attempt online course design after attending several Assembly meetings to discuss UAM’s partnership with eVersity. At one of those meetings, Dr. Michael Moore, chief academic and operating officer of eVersity and vice president of academic affairs for the UA System, stressed that course design was not limited to full-time faculty. “That’s when I decided to give it a try,” Halley said.

            “Our educational model is to utilize the expertise we have among UA System faculty and combine it with our talented instructional design team to collaborate on delivering a unique, highly interactive and engaging online learning experience,” said Moore. “Having just launched in September 2015, this is immediate validation that we are already coming through on our promise to rethink the way online learning is delivered.”

            Halley began work last July on a three-hour course entitled “Legal Research,” which will be part of eVersity’s criminal justice curriculum. Halley completed the course in January with assistance from eVersity senior instructional designer Adam Peterson, then submitted the course to eVersity’s Review Committee.

            Halley holds the academic rank of adjunct faculty in both the School of Business and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from UAM and a juris doctorate from the UALR Bowen School of Law.

About eVersity

The mission of the University of Arkansas System eVersity is to provide high-quality, accessible, affordable and workforce-relevant online education. Faculty from across the University of Arkansas System develop and deliver rigorous certificate and degree programs that utilize rich data analytics to enhance student success and achievement. eVersity’s personalized approach is designed to help students achieve success. A college education makes a powerful difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities, and eVersity allows the opportunity for Arkansans to obtain a college degree that is accessible and attainable. Initial degree programs include health care management, information technology, criminal justice, business and university studies with multiple degree options available within each field. For more info visit


About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market.  USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.


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