The Center for Online Learning, Research and Service emerged in 2009 as an expansion of the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning.
Funded by the VPAA in 1997 as a unit to support faculty members in the development and deployment of online classes, the unit began by providing web development for faculty members seeking to put their class syllabi online. Over time, the unit developed and later purchased a learning management system.
Now, with seven full time equivalent staff members, the unit provides instructional design, pedagogical support, innovative resources, and daily assistance to faculty members. Nearly 1,000 faculty appointments are served each month. In addition, the unit supports ten faculty fellows who conduct research and publish scholarly articles about online and blended learning.