Center for Online Learning

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    • Monday–Friday
      8 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Center for Online Learning (COL) partners with faculty and staff to design and support excellent teaching and learning experiences in online programs and courses to fulfill the academic goals of a diverse population of students.

The Center for Online Learning offers support for the learning management system, the design of online courses, and the use of technology.

Center for Online Learning graduate student workers and Instructional Technology Associates help faculty with uploading course content, creating discussion forums, and setting up assignment drop boxes and grade books.

Site administrators coordinate the work and ensure that the course sites are set up and properly enrolled. The instructional designer helps faculty with best practices and professional development. The media specialist produces short videos. The instructional technologist helps faculty implement effective technology such as authoring tools, interoperable applications, digital resources and learning objects.

The director supervises the Center for Online Learning staff and works with both the administration and faculty to provide university-wide leadership and advocacy for online and hybrid teaching and learning for a diverse student population, including nontraditional adult students.

The Center for Online Learning enjoys collaborative relationships with faculty and other staff at Metro State to pursue the university's mission.  Supporting faculty takes many different forms, from the technological to pedagogical.

Faculty have access to an instructional designer, instructional technologist, media specialist and site administrator.

Training and professional development

Online teaching requires faculty to develop skills that range from the mechanics of uploading content to the design of online instruction and student experiences. To help faculty develop or hone their skills, the Center for Online Learning offers workshops throughout the academic year that match more than a dozen skill areas.

To learn more about the offerings in general, please visit our periodic table of essential skills. Get more detailed information about the schedule for the current academic year. Register for one of COL's workshops.


Instructional Designer, Bilal Dameh, x1661

The instructional designer provides training and instructional design expertise for online programs and courses. The designer develops and delivers faculty training, manages course development projects, and consults with faculty as they design online and web-enhanced courses that are pedagogically sound and supported by appropriate technologies and media.

Instructional Technologist

The instructional technologist works closely with the designer and the COL team to plan, develop and maintain instructional technologies that support faculty in the delivery of online learning. The technologies range from learning objects, authoring tools, media editors, captioning software, collaboration software, video conferencing and more. The technologist also plays a key role in providing technical training and support to faculty and staff.

Media Specialist, Jack Buckholz, x1653

The media specialist plans, produces and maintains digital video, virtual meetings, podcasts, webcasts, and other forms of multimedia presentation in support of online learning.

Site Administrator, Travis Morgan, x1659

The site administrator (Senior Instructional Technologist), and the assistant site administrator (Online Learning Specialist) specialize in the BrightSpace Learning Management System administration and all of its related functions. These specialists administer the university-wide learning management system (LMS) in support of all university courses. They support faculty in transitioning from the traditional classroom to the online class environment in the learning management system. They study and make recommendations based on the Center for Online Learning needs related to online learning delivery, learning management systems technologies, course development record-keeping, policies and procedures, and data practices.

Director, Robert "Bob" Bilyk, x1660

The Director of the Center for Online Learning provides university-wide leadership and advocacy for online and hybrid teaching and learning for a diverse student population, including nontraditional adult students. The director monitors the external competitive environment, develops and implements strategic and operational plans for online and hybrid teaching and learning, and serves as the Center for Online Learning liaison with various organizations for online learning


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