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Introduction, Definitions and Goals

Texas A&M International University's Office of Instructional Technology and Distance Education Services is committed to providing the best quality education for students at a distance. The university offers a graduate-level degree and certificate programs in formats accessible beyond the traditional campus. Courses offered via online, video conference, or remote classrooms are specifically delineated in the schedule of courses.

This website serves as a guide to the distance education (eLearning) program at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU). As with any successful program, this website is reviewed and evaluated constantly to reflect changes and improve current practices.

Photo of eLearning Team
Pictured from Left to Right: Tony Ramirez, Phylis Zimmermann, Carlos Vallarta, Dr. Patricia Abrego, Julio Tovar, and Gloria Sanchez

The main focus of our eLearning program is the coordination of human and financial resources devoted to the support of distance education for TAMIU's faculty and students. The Director of Instructional Technology and Distance Education Services is responsible for the overall coordination of services in the eLearning program under the Associate Vice President of Information Technology who, in turn, reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. A list of the eLearning team members and an organizational chart of the office can be found on the Contact Us page of this site. Our instructional technology area has adequate technical support staff for both faculty and students.

In 2011, the Distance Education and Instructional Technology Committee (DEITC) at TAMIU was created to review and recommend procedures for online course development, quality standards, and evaluation mechanisms. This committee continues to serve as an advisory body for the eLearning program and other technology initiatives.

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Definitions

A course's instructional delivery mode is selected at the department level and forwarded for approval through curriculum committees at the department, college, and university level. The instructional delivery modes include online, through our eLearning management system (LMS), and via interactive videoconferencing, through the Texas A&M System's Trans-Texas Videoconference Network (TTVN).

Three categories of distance education are defined as:

  • Fully Distance Education Course – A course which may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling no more than 15 percent of the instructional time. This model provides off-campus students the equivalent learning opportunities and outcomes as on-campus students.
  • Hybrid/Blended Course – A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent) of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor are not in the same place. A percentage of class time is delivered in a traditional face-to-face format and the remaining percentage is delivered in the online environment. Course materials and assignments (e.g., PowerPoint presentations, handouts, research journals, articles, notes, etc.) are available online, as well as communication tools that allow faculty to interact with students synchronously and asynchronously. The faculty determines the percentage of time in each format, based on the requirements of the course.
  • Web-Centric/Web-Enhanced Course – A course that uses the University’s primary learning management system to support and supplement their teaching. Course materials and assignments (e.g., PowerPoint presentations, handouts, research journals, articles, notes, etc.) are available online, as well as communication tools that allow faculty to interact with students asynchronously.

Distance Education Goals 2017-2020

Goal 1. Create, support, and enhance the instructional technology activities of the TAMIU Community.

Goal 2. Increase learning opportunities in instructional technologies for faculty and students.

Goal 3. Continue to implement and expand the Quality Matters standards in all newly-developed online and hybrid courses.

Goal 4. Maintain and expand collaborative service efforts with regional school districts and institutions of higher education.

Goal 5. Promote, recognize, and reward excellence among faculty integrating technology.

Office of Information Technology
Instructional Technology & Distance Education Services
Killam Library, Room 259
Phone: (956) 326-2792
Fax: (956) 326-2299
E-mail: elearning@tamiu.edu