Home » About the Center for Distributed Learning » Discover CDL » Our Core ValuesOur Core ValuesOur VisionTransforming lives by making a high-quality UCF education available to anyone, anywhere, anytime through the innovative use of technology.Our MissionThe Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) serves as the central agent for online learning at UCF, providing leadership in distance learning policies, strategies, and practices. CDL supports and expands student access to education through the advanced application of instructional technology, data analysis, policy, and strategic planning for distributed learning programs and courses. We collaborate with internal and external partners to investigate, design, deliver, assess, and support online learning through faculty development, course production, and research, which are all aligned with institutional goals.Our AuthorityThe Center for Distributed Learning has governance authority over UCF's online instructional technologies and standards, including but not limited to:LMS systems (Webcourses@UCF and Webcourses@UCF Personalized Learning) and all integrationsUCF Mobile app and all included featuresProprietary content management and delivery systems such as Obojobo and MateriaCourse modalitiesOnline program standards and expectationsProfessional Development services relating to faculty credentialing and online teaching privilegesMOOC approvalsDigital badgingState authorizations for online studentsFor questions about any of these areas, contact CDL at firstname.lastname@example.org or (407) 823-4910.What We DoAs the central agent for online learning at UCF, CDL has developed a process model that describes what we do and how each part of the process relates to our mission.Policy, Planning, Standards, Credentialing, ReportingCDL is responsible for establishing and supporting relevant policies and guidelines for distributed learning across the university. We report data to colleges, departments, and senior administration to ensure compliance with accreditation requirements and to collaborate on the strategic development of online courses and programs.Faculty DevelopmentCDL provides a suite of professional development programs to help prepare faculty to teach online.Course DesignThe instructional design team works closely with faculty as consultants to help design and structure online courses and programs.Course ProductionCDL's course production model is designed to support all faculty, regardless of their technical skills or comfort with media production. We will work with faculty to help them produce their own material or will create original media on their behalf. CDL's production services include course programming, graphics, interactive exercises, games/simulations, animations, and video with on-location and full studio capabilities.Technical SupportOnce a course has been designed and developed, CDL offers support throughout its delivery. Specialized technical support is provided to faculty and students to ensure a successful course experience.AssessmentThe Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE) supports UCF faculty in formulating and implementing research on effective teaching practices in higher education. This research is used to inform CDL's policy formation, faculty development, course design/development, and technical support functions.