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Office of Continuing & Distance Education

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education (OCDE) is responsible for the development and implementation of distance learning at Kent State University. Faculty, departments, schools and colleges that desire to offer an online course(s) or online degree program(s) should contact the OCDE before any courses are offered to students. Once an online course or degree program is approved, and depending on the Distance/Development Learning Agreement between the faculty member developing the course and Kent State University, the OCDE will assign a Program Manager to assemble and manage university resources to help facilitate course development and delivery.

Inquiries and questions related to the administrative requirements, processes, necessary approvals or available university resources for designing, developing, promoting, or delivering an online course or program should be directed to the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.

Office of Continuing and Distance Education
Schwartz Center, Kent Campus
Deb Huntsman
Executive Director
dhuntsm1@kent.edu
330-672-0054

Additional information can be found on the Distance Learning web page.


Online Learning Team

The Online Learning Team is part of the Office of Continuing and Distance Education. The Online Learning Team is responsible for developing online courses identified as part of the strategic initiative for distance learning at Kent State University. Strategic initiative courses include TAG courses (transfer credit courses) and courses that are part of select online degree programs. In addition, the OLT works with other distance learning units to develop training materials and resources for faculty teaching online courses. These resources are available to all KSU faculty members on the Online Learning website.

Inquiries and questions regarding help designing and developing strategic initiative courses should be directed to the Online Learning Team.

Office of Continuing and Distance Education
Schwartz Center, Kent Campus
Val Kelly
Director, Online Learning
vkelly@kent.edu
330-672-0020

Additional information can be found on the Online Learning web page.


Blackboard (Bb) Learn Support Group

The Blackboard Learn support group is part of the Division of Information Services. The Bb Learn support group provides current and future online instructors with a wealth of resources and information related to using Kent State University's official learning management system for delivering online courses.

Inquires and questions regarding migrating WebCT/Vista8 courses to Bb Learn, combining multiple sections of an online course, tutorials and help troubleshooting Bb Learn, and requests to create "practice" Bb Learn courses should be directed to the Bb Learn support group.

Course Management System
Stewart Hall, Kent Campus
Preeti Palvankar
Lead Educational Technology Designer
ppalvan1@kent.edu
330-672-8557

Additional information can be found on the Blackboard Learn web page.


College Instructional Designers and Educational Technology Designers

Several of the colleges on the Kent campus have "in-house" Instructional Designers. College IDs are located in their respective colleges and are specifically assigned to provide support for faculty within their college. In addition, College IDs often collaborate with other distance learning units to design both strategic initiative courses and programs and individual non-strategic initiative online courses.

Faculty that belong to one of the colleges listed below, should contact their college Instructional Designer with any questions regarding the design and development of online courses.

College of Communication & Information
Franklin Hall, Kent Campus
Ben Hollis
Senior Instructional Designer
rbhollis@kent.edu
330-627-1964

Kristen Chorba
Associate Instructional Designer
330-672-1984
kchorba1@kent.edu

College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services
White Hall, Kent Campus
Rachael Foot
Educational Technology Designer
rfoot@kent.edu
330-672-2353

College of Nursing
Henderson, Kent Campus
Carol Moore
Senior Instructional Designer
cmoore3@kent.edu
330-672-7630

College of Public Health
Lowry Hall, Kent Campus
Sasi Benzigar
Instructional Designer
sbenziga@kent.edu
330-672-6500

Jamie Rhoads
Educational Technology Designer
330-672-6500
jrhoads@kent.edu


Regional Campus Educational Technology Designers

Regional campuses have "in-house" Educational Technologists. Regional campus ETs are located on their respective campus and are specifically assigned to provide support for faculty on their campus. In addition, regional campus ETs collaborate with other distance learning units at KSU, on the Kent campus, to create training materials and resources for faculty developing and teaching online courses.

Faculty that belong to the campuses listed below should contact their campus' Educational Technologist with any questions regarding the design and development of online courses.

Kent State University
Ashtabula Campus
Russ Porter
Educational Technology Designer
rporter3@kent.edu
440-964-4380

Sean Melnik
Educational Technology Designer
smelnik1@kent.edu
440-964-4280

Kent State University
East Liverpool & Salem Campus
Rachel Esterly
Lead IT User Support Analyst
resterly@kent.edu
330-885-3033

Kent State University
Geauga Campus
Shelly Marshall
Manager, Information Technology
skmarsha@kent.edu
440-834-3718

Kent State University
Stark Campus
Kathleen Baer
Educational Technology Designer
kbaer5@kent.edu
330-244-3447

Kent State University
Trumbull Campus
Bobbi Bain
Senior IT User Support Analyst
rbain@kent.edu
330-244-3447

Kent State University
Tuscarawas Campus
Jason Ruegsegger
Educational Technology Designer
jruegseg@kent.edu
330-339-3391

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