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Department of Academic Technology and Distance Education


For information about Distance Education, visit our temporary DEAL Web Site for more information.  


Distance Education for Authentic Learning (D.E.A.L.)trade mark image 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 D.E.A.L. program includes both hybrid and fully online courses. 

D.E.A.L. Courses can be found on myDU.  Use the "method" filter and search for either "online" or "hybrid." They can also be found at our temporary web site at



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 advisors are aware of this requirement prior to registration.



Student Readiness: Blackboard Learn LMS

Students must show their competence and familiarity with our Blackboard Learn LMS.  Students who wish to enroll in a hybrid or online course must hold a course completion certificate from BbL 101: Blackboard Learn Onboarding and Student Readiness for eLearning Course the first day of class. As a courtesy, a BbL 101: Blackboard Learn onboarding course is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.  Self-enrollment is required.  Use the Class Search tool found on our Dillard University Blackboard home page and enter the keyword READINESS.

Student Readiness: Distance Education for Authentic Learning

Students should determine if he or she is ready to succeed in a hybrid or online course.  Take one or all of these quick self assessments. The Student Online Readiness Tool (University System of Georgia) will help you discover if online learning is right for you.  The instrument 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 to complete a self-assessment (Erskin Theological Seminary).  Here's another readiness self-assessment to help you determine if DEAL courses are right for you. 


Student Support:    

All DU students should complete our Blackboard Learn onboarding course: BbL 101.   


Students needing assistance with this requirement can contact their BbL Coaches at

504 816 5BbL (5225) or email directly at 

Hours SUMMER 2016: TBA


Qualified Faculty:


All Faculty teaching in the D.E.A.L. program are certified to build, communicate and assess learners using the Blackboard Learn learning management system and all D.E.A.L. faculty are certified by the Quality Matters organization.  D.E.A.L. faculty design and deliver high quality courses that reasult in authentic learning outcomes. Currently, DU has 25 QM Certified DEAL faculty members. Dillard University is a member of the Online Learning Consortium. 



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