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About Us

Welcome to the Office of Distance Education (ODE), home of AUM Online! Whether you are a prospective online student, a current online student, or an online faculty member, welcome home; we are here to serve you!

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Distance Education (ODE) is twofold:

  • Support students in making the most of their AUM Online learning experience, as they prepare for their career of choice;
  • Support faculty as they provide AUM Online students with the highest quality learning experience, in alignment with our institution’s strategic plan.

Our Charge

The ODE operates inside of the Office of Collaborative Partnerships and Distance Education, under Dr. Shanta Goswami Varma’s leadership, and has three charges:

           1.  Faculty development,
           2.  Instructional technology, and
           3.  Instructional design for online and hybrid
courses and programs.

About Us

Welcome to the Office of Distance Education (ODE), home of AUM Online! Whether you are a prospective online student, a current online student, or an online faculty member, welcome home; we are here to serve you!

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Distance Education (ODE) is twofold:

  • Support students in making the most of their AUM Online learning experience, as they prepare for their career of choice;
  • Support faculty as they provide AUM Online students with the highest quality learning experience, in alignment with our institution’s strategic plan.

Our Charge

The ODE operates inside of the Office of Collaborative Partnerships and Distance Education, under Dr. Shanta Goswami Varma’s leadership, and has three charges:

           1.  Faculty development,
           2.  Instructional technology, and
           3.  Instructional design for online and hybrid
courses and programs.

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Current Online Students

Looking for information about your classes? Find everything you need in one place. Click below to find out more.

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Prospective Online Students

Looking for classes to take remotely? Too busy to come to campus?  Take a look at all of our online and hybrid degree options.

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State Authorization

NC-SARA, Professional Licensure, Licensure Contacts, and Student Complaints

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Online Faculty

Faculty Development Institute information coupled with Instructional Tech and Instructional Design.

Dr. Christie Armstrong talks about
working with her online AUM students.

The ODE Team

We are located in the Administration Building Suite 107, at 7430 East Drive, Montgomery, AL, 36117. Our phone number is 344-244-3798 and our email address is ode@aum.edu.

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Dr. Georgianna Laws
Director, Office of Distance Education
Administration Building Suite 107
Cell: 334.399.8681 (call/text, CST)
Office: 344.244.3798
glaws@aum.edu

Dr. Georgianna Laws  serves as Director of the Office of Distance Education.

Her professional journey has taken her to three continents over the last 20 years, and includes experience in leadership, instructional design, and teaching at such institutions as Augusta University, the Savannah College of Art and Design, Florida State University, Berlitz, the Japanese American Language Institute, and Peace Corps.

Before joining AUM, Laws helped launch and oversee the operations of the College of Online Education at Life University, the largest single-campus chiropractic university in the world.

Dr. Laws earned a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University of St. Louis, a master’s degree in Adult Education and Distance Learning, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Teaching English and French Language and Literature. She is an alumna of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL), where she worked to create a home base for Chief Online Education Officers in the United States. She and holds an OLC certificate in Online Teaching & Design as well as mastery in the OLC Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs.

An award-winning faculty member, project manager, and instructional designer, Dr. Laws speaks frequently at national and international conferences on topics related to chief online education officers (COEOs), quality in the administration of online programs, quality in designing and delivering online education, virtual team building, and cyber hygiene applications in eLearning.

Dr. Laws is one of three groups of researchers to investigate COEOs in the United States, and the only one in nation to research the relationship between COEOs’ legitimate power and their ability to influence quality in the administration of online programs. She serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) where she  chaired the 2020 USDLA annual National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) conference. She is also a reviewer for OLC and USDLA conferences, as well as for the OLC “Online Learning Journal.”

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Audrey Ross
Instructional Designer
334-244-3337
aross13@aum.edu

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Heather McCormick
Instructional Designer
334-244-3412
hmccormi@aum.edu

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Lakayla Moore
Instructional Designer
334-244-3024
lakayla.moore@aum.edu

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Rachel Jones
Instructional Designer
334-244-3025
rjones27@aum.edu

Swati Dey
Blackboard Administrator
334-244-3124
sdey@aum.edu

Dr. Xinyue Ren
Instructional Designer
334-394-5350
xren@aum.edu

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Audrey Ross
Instructional Designer
334-244-3337
aross13@aum.edu

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Heather McCormick
Instructional Designer
334-244-3412
hmccormi@aum.edu

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Lakayla Moore
Instructional Designer
334-244-3024
lakayla.moore@aum.edu

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Rachel Jones
Instructional Designer
334-244-3025
rjones27@aum.edu

Swati Dey
Blackboard Administrator
334-244-3124
sdey@aum.edu

Dr. Xinyue Ren
Instructional Designer
334-394-5350
xren@aum.edu

Want More Info About AUM?

Location

Taylor Center 101

Address

7400 East Drive Montgomery, AL 36117

Office Hours

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Call Today

334-244-3000

Fax

334-244-3795

E-mail

admissions@aum.edu

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