As faculty members and program developers, we appreciate the value
of distance learning (DL) for both learners and institutions. Our
appreciation grew over time; we began with the same sense of overwhelm
that most faculty feel when a dean issues the charge to create
an online degree program. When we began to offer consulting services
to other faculty, we recognized
their questions and concerns as the same ones we had asked when
At various points of our development efforts, we have known the
challenges of having zero budget and low budget, no release time
and unpaid overload, no design help and limited techonology resources.
We know the learning curve. And we enjoy helping DL faculty and
staff scale their own learning curves.