Goals & Activities

Although currently facilitated by a small office and team, our work is extensive and our sights are set high. If we are going to accomplish our vision, we need to dream and be large.


  • Clarify department name and role (Nov 2018)
  • Revision of and development of new policies related to online teaching and course/program development (Feb 2019)
  • Establish a roadmap for existing online courses to be redesigned as master templates – 10 developed in FY19. (Nov 2018)
  • Identify 3 future online programs and establish a development roadmap for each program. (Nov 2018)
  • Launch two new self-support academic programs (e.g., certificates, degrees) (Aug 2019)
  • Finalize 1 contract to deliver online classes to a business/non-profit organization (Mar 2019)
  • Implement a second fully online program (Aug 2019)
  • Increase online course offerings by 10% (Aug 2019)
  • Establish standards for digital badging (Apr 2019)
  • Establish a set of minimum use standards for Canvas. (Nov 2018)
  • Define roles and responsibilities in providing Canvas (and other related) support for faculty. (Feb 2018)
  • Create and provide access to reporting for Department Chairs and Deans to track faculty Canvas usage. (May 2019)

Previous Accomplishments

  • Expanded office staff to include two additional team members.
  • Designed and developed 5 new online course offerings, using a collaborative team approach.
  • Coordinated reviews and revisions of 13 existing online courses in meeting Quality Matters (QM) standards.
  • Redesigned the DSU Online website to include updated information regarding offerings and services.
  • Conducted 3 sessions the new Online Teaching Certification Course (60+ faculty), associated with the Online Teaching Certification program.
  • In partnership with EAB, conducted 3 online program market research studies
  • Launched the university’s first fully, online program (BS, RN-BSN)
  • Advanced the use of Canvas by faculty (10+% increase).
  • Inventoried online student support service needs.
  • Created initial prototypes for online micro certificates.Established the Office of Distance & Digital Learning (DDL)
  • Successfully hired the Director of DDL
  • Secured strategic funding for initial online development activities ($162,000; DSU 2020 Strategic Plan)
  • Approval and implementation of the online delivery fee ($30/credit, effective Fall 2017)
  • Established the DDL Advisory Committee
  • Created a vision, mission and values for DDL
  • Adopted Quality Matters (QM) for quality standards for all online courses
  • Secured SARA membership, to offer online offerings outside of Utah to SARA member states and territories
  • Redesign of 3 high-enrolled, high-deficiency courses
  • Proposal and approval of an online-only tuition rate for online programs