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Extending the University of Northern Iowa since 1913

Continuing and Distance Education provides the leadership and logistical support for UNI's continuing and distance education courses and programs.

  1. Initiate contact with departments and professors to encourage the development of distance and continuing education courses and programs. Identify market opportunities and strategies to meet educational needs that exist beyond traditional on-campus offerings.
  2. Assist faculty and departments with the planning and coordination of curriculum. Assess the demand for courses and programs and estimate the costs of delivery. Coordinate scheduling and monitor program delivery.
  3. Provide comprehensive instructional development assistance and professional development for courses taught via video conferencing and eLearning.
  4. Lead efforts to implement Quality Matters as the University's framework for online course development.
  5. Schedule video conferencing sessions and provide technical support services.
  6. Provide a primary point of contact for all distance education inquiries from departmental offices, instructors, students, and the Iowa Board of Regents.
  7. Obtain approval for course offerings by instructor, academic department head, college dean, and graduate dean (if a graduate level course).
  8. Promote course and programming offerings through the Continuing and Distance Education website, targeted mailings, e-marketing, and media advertising. Track interest in programs and courses.
  9. Serve as the primary point of contact for distance education students in accessing support services available from the University. Advocate for the needs of distance education students and seek continuous improvement in serving this population.
  10. Receive, review, and approve registration submissions.
  11. Provide course information and materials to students, including information about textbooks/course packets, UIDs, instructions about online services (see CatID brochure).
  12. Arrange and pay for exam proctors, as needed.
  13. Enter course information, including tuition and fees, on the student information system. Reconcile billings.
  14. Pay course expenses, including instructor overload salaries. Compile revenues and expenses for each course.
  15. Provide an opportunity for student assessments. Compile results and provide to the faculty member and academic department.
  16. Represent UNI in distance education organizations around the state, including the Quad Cities Graduate Center, the Tri-State Graduate Center, the Southwest Iowa Regents Resource Center, and the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.
  17. Compile distance and continuing education data (e.g., the course offerings and semester enrollment reports for the three grad centers, as well as the annual Board of Regents Distance Education report and the Higher Learning Commission).