Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies (ODELT)


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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:

Assist in developing online courses and program:

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

Professional development:

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.

Student orientations and Blackboard workshops

  • We offer live sessions to help students learn how to use Blackboard tools, activate Island ID, and locate resources.
  • We can come to your class to help your students get started in Blackboard - please contact to schedule a visit.

Campus software training

  • We provide individual, group, or on demand training for Blackboard, Camtasia, and other.

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 - Instructor and Student Resources

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

iTeach_Online Blackboard Resource Center

  • We have created a course in Blackboard that contains helpful information for instructors. It also serves as a base course fo the Certificates program.

Webinars and Connect and Reflect series on Wednesdays

  • The Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies, the Center for Faculty Excellence, and the First Year Islanders organize weekly workshops during the academic year in CCH 118 at noon. These workshops showcase issues in teaching and learning, pedagogy, online learning, and research.

Joint ODELT- IT Newsletters


ODELT Staff:

Lauren Cifuentes, director, distance education Dr. Lauren Cifuentes
Office: CCH 124 A
Phone: (361) 825-5709
jan Brott Jan Brott
Assistant Director
Office: CCH 114 E
Phone: (361) 825-2131
AJanney, Instructional Designer Alexandra Janney
Instructional Designer III 
Office: CCH 124 B
Phone: (361) 825-2956
Rinki Suryavanshi Rinki Suryavanshi
Instructional Designer II 
Office: CCH 112 D
Phone: (361) 825-6214
Lauran Guerra Lauran Guerra
Instructional Designer I
Office: CCH 112 E
Phone: (361) 825-3896

Mayra Orozco
Administrative Assistant
Office: CCH 124
Phone: (361) 825-2122

Brandon Long

Brandon Long
Student Worker
Office: CCH 124

Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies  
(O) 361-825-2122   (F) 361-825-3666   email:
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5779, Corpus Christi, TX, 78412 -5779