New Online Program Development and Support Services Now Available

It’s now easier than ever before for faculty and staff interested in online teaching to receive support for developing and teaching new online courses online at NIU. The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center and eLearning Services have joined forces to provide centralized support for online course design and development as part of the new Office of Online Program Development and Support (OPDS).

OPDS LogoThe Online Program Development and Support (OPDS)¬†Office was formed to strengthen NIU’s position as an institution offering high-quality online programs and courses. This office combines the talents of the professional staff in the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center and eLearning Services. The office provides instructional design services, faculty development opportunities and quality assurance guidelines and strategies to create and support programs moving to online or blended delivery. The office also manages the promotion of NIU online offerings through several outlets including, the NIUOnline web portal, the Online and Regional Academics portal, and through customized email and other media campaigns.

The office is building communities of support and inquiry for faculty engaging in online instruction and interested in research in the field. Additionally, OPDS will engage online learners in a supportive community, reflecting best practices identified by research in the field.

For more information about the online program development and support services available, visit opds.niu.edu or email opds@niu.edu. For the latest news, trends, resources, tips, and best practices for online teaching and learning, follow NIU OPDS on Facebook or Twitter.

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