Transforming lives by making a high-quality UCF education available to anyone, anywhere, anytime through the innovative use of technology.
INNOVATION | EDUCATION | TRANSFORMATION
The Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) serves as the central agent for online learning at UCF, providing leadership in distance learning policies, strategies, and practices.
The Center 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.
The 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 all integrations
- UCF Mobile app and all included features
- Proprietary content management and delivery systems such as Obojobo and Materia
- Course Modalities
- Online program standards and expectations
- Faculty credentialing and online teaching privileges
- MOOC approvals
- Digital Badging
- State authorizations for online students
What We Do
As the central agent for online learning at UCF, the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) has developed a process model that describes what we do and how each part of the process relates to the overall mission.
Policy, Planning, Standards, Credentialing, Reporting
CDL 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.
CDL provides a suite of professional development programs to help prepare faculty to teach online.
The CDL instructional design team works closely with faculty as consultants to help design and structure online courses and programs.
CDL’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.
Once 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.
The 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.