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DEAL's Mission


DEAL will engage, empower, and inspire global learners by re-imagining and redefining curriculum to enact positive change and meet the competitive demands of a 21st century society. DEAL courses and programs will support student success by employing on demand, technology-integrated, real-world relevant teaching and learning not constrained to brick and mortar classrooms.

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Dillard University's DEAL program includes both hybrid and fully online courses. 

DEAL. Courses can be found using the Course Search tool found in the Guest tab in on myDU.  Use the "method" filter and search for either "online" or "hybrid."


Spring 2018 DEAL courses



Hybrid: Hybrid classes at Dillard University combine traditional classroom instruction with a significant amount (33% - 75%) of instruction delivered through instructional technology.  Hybrid courses meet approximately half of the time in a traditional face-to-face environment with the remainder of the course presentation, interaction, activities, and exercises delivered through various electronic means online.


Online: Online classes at Dillard University have the bulk of the material delivered online via Blackboard Learn LMS.  Face-to-face sessions are discouraged but acceptable up to 5% of instructional time (maximum of two 1 hour meetings during a long semester).  Proctored exams are allowed.  All required meeting days, times, and locations should be included in the class description in the course schedule so students and advisers are aware of this requirement prior to registration.


Student Readiness: Canvas LMS Basics and eLearning Readiness Certification

Students must show their competence and familiarity with our Learning Management System.  Students who wish to enroll in a hybrid or online course must have a passing grade in LMS 101, which is earned by completing our Canvas Onboarding and eLearning Readiness Course (2017) or Blackboard Learn Onboarding and Student Readiness for eLearning Course (2013 - 2016) As a courtesy, our Canvas Onboarding and eLearning Readiness Course is made available to new students as soon as they clear the registration process and it is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.  

Student Readiness: Distance Education for Authentic Learning

Students should determine if they are ready to succeed in a hybrid or online course.  Take one or all of these quick self-assessments. The instrument linked below was the result of the "Assessing Readiness for E-Learning" research study that addressed the issue that demonstrated success in a traditional classroom is not predictor of success in an online course. Click here to learn more about Skills for Effective Online Learning and complete a self-assessment (Erskin Theological Seminary).  Here's another readiness self-assessment to help you determine if DEAL courses are right for you. It is highly suggested that you take the Student Online Readiness Tool (created and used by The University System of Georgia), which will help you discover if online learning is right for you.  

Student Support:    

Students needing assistance with this onboarding requirement can contact their DEAL Support Team Coaches at:



email directly at  mailto:


@The DEAL Center is open on weekdays to assist students with Onboarding, and all academic technology needs.  Hours vary by semester. It is located in 220 of the Library.


Qualified Faculty:


All Faculty teaching in the DEAL program are certified to build, communicate and assess learners using our learning management system and all DEAL faculty have earned Quality Matters (QM) Applying the Quality Matters Rubric certification and are proficient to design high quality courses that meet the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric Standards.  DEAL faculty design and deliver high quality courses that result in authentic learning outcomes.  DU currently has 35 QM Standards trained and certified DEAL faculty members. Dillard University is a member of the Online Learning Consortium and DEAL faculty are continually involved in professional development. Quality Matters logo



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