The Office of Online & Distance Education's Program Specialists are your first point of contact in the planning process. They will work with you to ensure your distance education course is the same high-quality, student-centered experience as the courses you teach in a traditional classroom setting. The Program Specialists and Instructional Design Technology Specialists will guide you through the course/program planning process, which includes:

  • Identifying relevant course/program funding opportunities available through The Office of Online & Distance Education and the process for applying.
  • Developing a program plan, if necessary.
  • Identifying the audience(s) you hope to reach with your course and which distance course format(s) are the best fit for your goals.
  • Determining whether you want your course to be synchronous or asynchronous.
  • Identifying various multimedia appropriate for your course content and objectives.
  • Establishing a timeline for moving your course content into Blackboard.
  • Identifying the type of technical support you may need and is available to you.
  • Taking advantage of faculty development opportunities and support provided through The Office of Online & Distance Education.
  • Consulting for faculty working with different formats.

To learn more about our program planning support, please contact the Program Specialist for your college.

Getting Started

Have you already taught online? Are you part of a current program? Are you thinking about starting a new program or developing a new course? Are you looking for funding for your development ideas? Do you have questions about proctoring, scheduling distance classes, or ordering textbooks?

Look no further. Browse our site for answers to these and other questions you may have about blended, online and distance learning.