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Academic Priorities

Distributed Learning

Distributed learning uses technology to facilitate learning, whether on- or off-campus, in real-time or at student discretion. It enhances access to a first-rate university education for traditional and non-traditional students alike. Students can overcome barriers to educational opportunity presented by distance, classroom space limitations and time constraints.

Wherever students are and whenever they learn, they can be reached by distributed learning courses.

Course Design and Instructional Technology Consultation

USC's Center for Teaching Excellence's (CTE) instructional designers and University Technology Services can help faculty select the best combination of tools, resources and teaching practices to develop distributed learning courses and course components.

Distributed Learning Support Services (DLSS)

DLSS provides support services for faculty, students and academic units involved in USC's distributed learning programs. The department supports over 500 online courses and over 18,000 enrollments in online courses each academic year. The department assists faculty and academic units by providing course and program planning assistance, assistance with course content creation, technology assessment, new course approval and course accessibility. DLSS provides an array of student support services including registration support, course access services and matriculation functions that distributed learning students may access only periodically.

For assistance with technology and Blackboard management, contact University Technology Services. UTS assists both faculty and teaching assistants in finding the best mix of instructional technologies and methods to enhance teaching and learning. Staff have broad experience with the best methodologies for traditional classroom environments, as well as innovative approaches to using the latest in educational technology.