Instructional Technology and Distance Education (ITSDE)

The Instructional Technology and Distance Education (ITSDE) office supports the use of educational technologies to enhance the teaching, learning, and research experiences of the faculty, students, and staff at the University. The ITSDE office provides support and infrastructure services to assist faculty with the development and continued maintenance of fully online, hybrid, and traditional face-to-face courses. The overall goal of the office is to enhance faculty-student interactions, increase student engagement with course materials, foster communication and collaboration, and increase opportunities for students to develop their skills for the workforce and lifelong learning.

The following units report to this office: Learning Management Systems, Instructional Design Services, Classroom Technology Services, Technology Training, Multimedia Support, and Program and Student Support for Distance Education.

ITSDE works in close cooperation with the academic colleges to administer online courses, certificates, and degree programs to students seeking convenient and cost-efficient opportunities to complete their education. All online courses at the University are delivered through an online Learning Management System (LMS) that allows the University to deliver quality instruction in a web-based format that mirrors instruction offered in traditional face-to-face settings. Students and faculty interact via online group discussion sessions, interactive video classrooms, streamed videos, and web conferencing sessions. Students are required to log into the LMS using a secured username and password to gain access to course materials, assignments, and other important items related to their classes.

Effective Fall 2016, the University offers 15 Distance Education (DE) programs including eight (8) undergraduate degree programs (offering 13 concentrations), five (5) master’s degree programs (offering 10 concentrations), and two certificate programs as listed below:

  • BS, Agricultural Education: Professional Service and Secondary Education
  • BS, Business Education: Business Teacher Education and Information Technology
  • BS, Electronics Technology
  • BS, Environmental Health and Safety
  • BS, Geomatics
  • BS, Information Technology
  • BA, Liberal StudiesIndividualized Studies, African American Studies, Cultural Change, and Women's Studies
  • MS, Agricultural Education: Prof Licensure and Prof Service
  • MS, Information Technology
  • MS, Instructional Technology
  • MS, Technology Management: Construction Science and Management
  • MAT Teaching: Business Education, Elementary Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and Technology Education
  • Environmental Health and Safety (undergraduate)
  • Family and Consumer Science (post baccalaureate).