I want to offer a hybrid or online course/program - where do I begin and how do I get approved for funding?

To begin the process, please contact us to set up a meeting. More information about these steps are located here.


How long does it take to develop a hybrid or online course?

We recommend that you allow at least one full semester to develop your course prior to delivery.


Can I have a limited number of meetings on campus?

You can teach your course fully online, or choose to have a minimum number of select meetings for an orientation, exams, or other purposes. Click here to see the SACS definition of distance learning.


How do I request a Blackboard shell for my course?

All regular semester courses listed in the Registrar’s course schedule will receive an empty course shell automatically. If you need a development shell, fill out the Blackboard Service Request form. If your shell did not get created, contact the Service Desk.


How do I copy content to my Blackboard course shell?

Blackboard has specific instructions for moving content from one shell to another. Click here, and follow the directions under the “How to Copy a Course” heading.


Is Blackboard support and training available?

Our Instructional Design Team will work with faculty to support their content development within Blackboard. We will discuss your needs and work with you to develop a support plan during the course development process.

Several types of Blackboard help and information are available. The Blackboard homepage within the Academic Technology Training Library contains basic information about the system. Information regarding available training through UKIT is available on the Blackboard training page. The Blackboard On Demand Learning Center is a collection of videos from Blackboard that show how to accomplish specific tasks (e.g., creating a test or uploading files). Technical support is available from the UKIT Service Desk.


What types of funding are avaliable to me?

There are several options for funding awards. Please click here to get the details for online course development, revision, MOOC, and Echo 360 funding opportunities.


What types of applications/technologies are available for my course?

We recommend several different technologies that can be implemented in your distance learning course including: Blackboard, Adobe Connect, Camtasia, Echo360, Interactive Video, and Respondus. Contact us for more information and to discuss specific applications/technologies that would complement your course content.


What library services are available?

Distance Learning Library Services includes access to research databases and e-journals, document delivery & interlibrary loan, as well as research assistance from the Distance Learning Librarian ( with library resources and Endnote. For more information see our DLLS page.


Who do I contact with questions?

If you have questions or concerns regarding eLearning courses, please contact: (859) 257-3377 or you can email someone from our eLearning team.