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Learning Experience Design

Learning Experience Design Merges with ODEL

The 2017-2023 Strategic Plan for the Division of Academic Affairs includes a goal to leverage distance education modalities to expand academic program and course offerings. To that end, Learning Experience Design (LxD), Information Technology, will merge with the Office of Distance and Extended Learning (ODEL), Academic Affairs, effective September 1, 2018. This organizational change will provide several benefits to the university. The merger will bring many aspects of distance learning under one roof, which will allow for more effective development and delivery of services and ensure a more holistic approach to addressing departmental and faculty needs. Additionally, merging ODEL and LxD will ensure better messaging to the campus community and improved accuracy in reporting to regulatory bodies.

Combining quality assurance, professional development, instructional design, consultation, and other critical distance and hybrid learning services in ODEL will offer the university community a single point of contact for support and guidance.


We continue to offer the following services:

  • Consultation with faculty to solve instructional problems by applying current research on learning and innovative teaching practices that support student-centered learning.
  • Faculty development courses and workshops that teach faculty to use technology to meet instructional goals.
  • Collaboration with academic departments to develop online graduate degree programs.
  • Support for the design and effective use of active learning spaces, including training faculty on teaching with technology.


  • Consultation Services: A list of consultation services offered by ODEL instructional designers and course developers.
  • Award for Excellence in Online Teaching: Annual competition sponsored by the Office of Distance and Extended Learning (ODEL).
  • Teaching Online Listserv: An email service that offers online instructors at Texas State a way to exchange ideas, share frustrations and successes, and showcase methods for delivering fully online and hybrid courses.
  • Advanced Course Set Up: A guide for faculty who teach courses they developed through the Advanced Course.
  • Creating Accessible Documents: A set of step-by-step guides for creating accessible documents (TXST NetID required).

For information about instructional design services, contact Patrick Smith at or 512 245-5199.