Distance learning coordinators make learning accessible around the clock and from any location. These professionals schedule courses and run the day-to-day operations of online learning programs for educational institutions, professional associations, and other organizations. Distance learning coordinators are experts on the software and equipment used for distance learning. They train faculty and staff to adapt curriculum and assignments from classroom to online learning methods. As planners, distance learning coordinators determine equipment and software needs,change course offerings, and continuously build quality assurance. These coordinators help instructors and students manage technical issues and organizational requirements. Distance learning coordinators usually supervise other staff and often negotiate with the vendors who sell equipment and software; they may work closely with academic departments. They also do their share of administrative tasks: scheduling courses and computer labs, managing budgets, analyzing data and writing reports to document distance learning participation and goals. The majority of jobs for distance learning coordinators require a master’s degree and work experience that reflect knowledge of curriculum design and learning software. With a career like this one, you can help your students and staff go the distance.
What they do:
Coordinate day-to-day operations of distance learning programs and schedule courses.
On the job, you would:
Communicate to faculty, students, or other users availability of, or changes to, distance learning courses or materials, programs, services, or applications.
Develop distance learning program goals or plans, including equipment replacement, quality assurance, or course offering plans.
Supervise distance learning support staff.
Education and Training
teaching and course design
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
People and Technology Systems
thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
changing what is done based on other people's actions
teaching people how to do something
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
You might use software like this on the job:
Computer based training software
Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate
Video conferencing software
Cisco Systems WebEx
Data base user interface and query software
master's degree or bachelor's degree usually needed
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
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