Welcome to the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning

We are proud to partner with faculty to bring online and hybrid learning to KU.  As a service organization for faculty, our instructional designers and eLearning support specialists provide a wide range of pedagogy and media expertise to help you envision and implement online courses. Whether in Budig or in your office, the Center for Online and Distance Learning has staff available to assist you.

Please contact us at any time to discuss your ideas and schedule an appointment.

Learn how we can work together.


Lunch & Learn Sessions

CODL hosts faculty sessions focusing on ideas, issues, and resources for online and hybrid learning.  We hope you will join us for these campus discussion opportunities.  If not, video versions will be available following most sessions.

The next Lunch & Learn will be held on October 9, 2014 at noon in Budig Hall, room 6. The October Lunch & Learn event is being presented by Noel Rasor, Assistant Director, KU Public Management Center and Cindy Dunham, Project Coordinator, KU Public Management Center and is titled, "Moving Online with Adult Learners." The Kansas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program brings together employees from government and public service agencies to work on managerial competencies over an 11-month period. Assignments are given and collected via Blackboard, yet many of the adult students have no previous experience with an online learning management system. Noel and Cindy will share what they’ve learned about creating a Blackboard site that works for this population and the broader lessons learned along the way.

Save the date for the November L&L on November 12, 2014 at noon in the Kansas Union Centennial Room. The title is "Student Engagement Outside of Class Using Blackboard Collaborate." The featured panelists are Jerry Crawford II, Ph.D., Director, Journalism Multicultural Scholars Program, Julia Murray, Assistant Director, Spanish Language Program, Renée Hewitt, Instructional Designer, Center for Online and Distance Learning, and John Rinnert, IT Coordinator, KU Information Technology. A short Collaborate demonstration will be held towards the end of the Lunch & Learn.

Our last L&L event was held on September 10, 2014.
The September Lunch & Learn event was titled, "Why Accessible Courses Matter to All Students." This event featured panelists Jaclyn Anderson, AAAC Assistant Director, Kit Cole, SoftwareTester/Accessible IT Coordinator, Molly Easley, Accessible Print & Exam Coordinator, and Marie Ortega de Ortiz, CODL Instructional Designer. These accessibility experts discussed designing your course so that students of all abilities will be able to access and use your online content. The discussion included KU resources, your role in creating accessible courses, video captioning, Read, Write, Gold, and how to spot accessibility problems in your course. The link to the video will be available soon.
Click on the link below to watch the latest L&L event.
View our previous Lunch & Learn sessions in our video library.
Faculty Course Support

CODL staff are available to answer your questions or schedule a consultation about your course development needs.  We provide instructional design, media production, and expertise in hybrid and online learning. We look forward to hearing from you at 785-864-1000 or onlinelearning@ku.edu

"CODL has helped me figure out appropriate strategies for converting some of the conventional classroom techniques that I use in a face-to-face setting to a format that will work for an online class"

J. Megan Greene
Director, Associate Professor
Center for East Asian Studies

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