Distance Learning

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Distance Learning & Instructional Design

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M-Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Webster Hall Room 109

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Telephone  (417) 625-9577
Telephone (877) 837-8527 Ext.2
Webster Hall Room 117

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Instructional Design

Distance Learning’s Instructional Design team assists in the development of engaging and dynamic online courses. By incorporating the latest technological resources including video, audio, web2.0, social tools as well as adult learning theory, the ID team enables subject matter experts and instructors to develop courses that meet "best practices" criteria for online education: student to student interaction, student to instructor, and student to content. In addition to guiding and assisting with course development, they train faculty and develop online tutorials for students and faculty on using Blackboard and other technologies in the classroom and online.

Meet the Instructional Design Team     



Name: Diana Fordham
Position: Instructional Designer
Blackboard Certified Trainer

Diana Fordham currently works as an instructional designer at Missouri Southern State University and is primarily focused on assisting faculty and subject matter experts in designing and developing quality online instruction that meet "best practices" criteria for online education. She assists faculty with the latest technological resources including video, audio, web2.0, social tools as well as adult learning theory, pedagogy, accessibility, and software applications. She served as faculty for the 2015 Institute for New Faculty Developers in Asheville, North Carolina


  • Master of Education with an emphasis in Instructional Design from Capella University
  • Master of History with a concentration in Middle Eastern History
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Judaic History
  • Blackboard Certified Trainer

Hometown: Diana was born in Illinois but moved to this area (NW Arkansas) from Tennessee. Her hobbies include spending time with her grandchildren and bicycling.
Career Highlights: Diana served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences and an Associate Professor of History at Jackson State Community College in Tennessee. She is also currently teaching History 120 as an adjunct here at MSSU.

Favorite Quote:  "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." -- Mahatma Ghand

Location: 118A Webster Hall
Contact: (417) 625-3507



Name: Felicia Morley
Position: Instructional Designer
Technology Coordinator
Blackboard Certified Trainer
Marketing Coordinator

Felicia is responsible for developing online tutorials for both students and faculty covering Blackboard, web2.0, social media, and other technologies as well as assisting faculty with online course development. As the technology coordinator, she works with faculty to incorporate technology into their courses, on ground or online. She also developed and implemented a Blackboard Training Certificate program for faculty at MSSU. She currently teaches both basic and advanced online certification courses. She overseas the Distance Learning brand and marketing strategies for the online degree programs and certificates. She currently is serving a 2 year term as the President of the Missouri Distance Learning Association (MoDLA). MoDLA is a non-profit organization that works to promote distance learning opportunities for all learners in the state of Missouri including: K-12, higher education, and workforce development.


  • Educational Specialist in Educational Technology from the University of Central Missouri (December 2015)
  • Master of Science in Educational Technology from the University of Central Missouri (December 2011)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Math and Computers from Missouri Southern State University
  • Blackboard Certified Trainer

Hometown: Felicia was born in Joplin and grew up in Carl Junction. She just recently moved back to this area and is glad to be back home with friends and family. She enjoys spending her free time gardening, swimming, and designing.
Career Highlights: Felicia has worked as the web/social media coordinator for the School of Technology at the University of Central Missouri. She has also been the Marketing Manager for Creative Car Audio and worked as a research analyst for the Missouri State Department of Mental Health where she specialized in Outcomes Performance Measurement. She also currently operates her own graphic/web and media design business "just for fun"

Favorite Quote:  "If you don't like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less."  -- General Eric Shinseki

Location: 118B Webster Hall
Contact: (417) 625-3512