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Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies (ODELT)

The Vision:

Texas A&M Corpus Christi adopts e-learning technologies and processes to positively transform teaching methods such that students are fully engaged in learning and do not drop out of courses. In addition, space constraints are relieved by the use of online experiences for students outside of physical classrooms. Online degree and certificate programs are offered that meet the needs of citizens in Texas. And, in the event of a disaster, faculty and students are able to continue the business of education by using online technologies.


The Mission:

The Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies provides leadership, coordination, management, and support to the e-learning activities of Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The office works collaboratively to provide educational opportunities throughout Texas and beyond, provide open learning environments so that learning can occur anytime and anyplace, and distribute faculty knowledge and expertise to benefit society and the economic vitality of the Coastal Bend.

The Approach:

Given our mission, we have adopted a “servant leadership” approach. Our task is to build a shared vision and high level of trust among all stakeholders, administrators, instructors, students, and staff. We make every effort to empower participants to pursue that shared vision, support that pursuit, and provide professional development and other resources when needed. Elements of our culture include empowerment, inclusion, consensus building, collaboration, systems thinking, trust, and transparency.  


 Services Provided:

Online courses and programs development

  • We provide support and assistance to faculty with the development of new programs, a revision to existing programs, or offering of a program online.

Professional Development and Training

Continuity of Learning 

  • Be prepared in the event of campus closure!
  • We developed resources, guides, and tutorials for both instructors and students to ensure continuity of learning.
  • Access Instructors Guide and Students Guide for the Continuity of Learning.

Student orientations and Blackboard workshops

Video Production Services

  • We will help instructors with creating and editing media presentations and making them compliant.  Please, call 361-825-2122 for an appointment.

Individual consultations with instructors

  • Call or email our instructional designers if you have questions regarding your course design, Blackboard, or best practices in distance education.

Island Online website 

  • Website contains resources for both faculty and students, logins to widely used services, and updates on technology.

iTeach_Online and iLearn_Online Blackboard Resource Centers

  • We have created a course in Blackboard that contains helpful information for instructors. It also serves as a base course fo the Certificates program.
  • A student can self-enroll in iLean-Online course to practice using all of the Blackboard tools.

Joint ODELT- IT Newsletters

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ODELT Staff:

Lauren Cifuentes, director, distance education Dr. Lauren Cifuentes
Office: CCH 124 A
Phone: (361) 825-5709
Email: lauren.cifuentes@tamucc.edu
AJanney, Instructional Designer Alexandra Janney
Assistant Director
Office: CCH 124 B
Phone: (361) 825-2956
Email: alexandra.janney@tamucc.edu
Rinki Suryavanshi Dr. Rinki Suryavanshi
Instructional Designer II 
Office: CCH 112 D
Phone: (361) 825-6214
Email: rinki.suryavanshi@tamucc.edu
Lauran Guerra Lauran Guerra
Instructional Designer I
Office: CCH 112 E
Phone: (361) 825-3896
Email: lauran.guerra@tamucc.edu
Joseph D. Doan Joseph D. Doan
Educational Technologist
Office: CCH 110 E 
Phone: (361) 825-3865
Email: joseph.doan@tamucc.edu

Mayra Orozco
Administrative Assistant
Office: CCH 124
Phone: (361) 825-2122
Email: mayra.orozco@tamucc.edu

Brandon Long

Brandon Long
Student Worker
Office: CCH 124
Email: blong2@islander.tamucc.edu