The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will hold four exclusive events in addition to daily sessions offered by the U.S. Distance Learning Association to give online educators an opportunity to explore best practices within the distance learning community.
The Office of Distance Learning is poised for a strong finish to the 2017-18 academic year, as the department embraces new growth and transition.
The Office of Academic Affairs has announced Dr. Claire Arabie, Instructional Support Manager, will lead the office as Interim Director in Dr. Luke Dowden’s stead.
“Dr. Arabie has considerable experience with our distance learning programs and I look forward to her leadership and to working with her,” Dr. David Danahar, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, said.
Dr. Dowden resigned his post at the end of March to join the Alamo Colleges District as its first Chief Online Learning Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor. He left the University in a position for continued excellence in its delivery of high quality hybrid and online programs.
Dr. Arabie continues those efforts and remains dedicated to supporting faculty in delivering those quality experiences.
To support the continued growth of online learning initiatives, the department has expanded to include five new staff members: a full-time Program Manager, Communications Strategist, Budget Analyst, Instructional Designer, and a Retention Specialist.
In order to centralize business operations for Distance Learning, relocation to Whittington House is underway. The Director and staff will continue to be present and engaged on the main University campus. The Instructional Support Team will continue hosting professional development events and meetings in the locations used currently, and will continue to meet with faculty in their offices.
We look forward to answering your questions about these changes as we work together to move the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Distance Learning programs forward.