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!
The mission of the Office of Distance Education (ODE) is twofold:
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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Faculty Development Institute information coupled with Instructional Tech and Instructional Design.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Georgianna Laws
Director, Office of Distance Education
Administration Building Suite 107
Cell: 334.399.8681 (call/text, CST)
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.”
Taylor Center 101
7400 East Drive Montgomery, AL 36117
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