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Office of Extended Learning

The Office of Extended Learning (OEL) provides a variety of services and support to faculty and students. The OEL team works with faculty on the development of online and certificate programs, master course templates, and course content.  They are members of the Unites States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and provide robust faculty online certification; ensuring compliance and quality assurance are incorporated based on Quality Matters (QM) parameters.

Additional support is provided with a suite of e-learning tools used by faculty and students including: Blackboard Learn suite, Respondus and Respondus Lockdown Browser, Adobe Presenter, Video Conferencing and numerous collaboration tools (Blackboard collaboration Ultra), instructional technology support, video repository (Medial), and Softchalk. The Office of Extended Learning is also responsible for faculty training on e-learning tools and faculty development.

Below are the various online resources for students and faculty:

  • Blackboard Learning Management Systems (LMS) – Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Content System, and third party tools
  • Blackboard Mobile Apps – Mobile apps facilitating online course content, assessments, and activities.
  • Blackboard’s online video tutorial library - )
  • My Career - Access jobs, internships, and career tools from within Blackboard - powered by
  • Medial Media Library – NSU’s in house video portal
  • Live Stream Encoding Services – Provides live event channels via Medial™ from the NSU BMH Studio and NGE Room 205. NSU Theater and Mobile Streaming (coming soon).
  • SoftChalk Create/ Cloud - SoftChalk Cloud enables educators to create, manage and share their own interactive online learning content, and deliver it anywhere, anytime, on any device. Create activities, quizzes and integrate media to engage the digital learner and improve learning outcomes. SoftChalk seamlessly integrates with the NSU LMS Blackboard Learn providing.
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser Respondus Monitor – Test integrity tools for proctoring exams, quizzes, and online assessments
  • Online Text books and Course Content – Wiley Plus, McGraw Hill, Person, et al. accessible via Blackboard with Associated Publisher Texts.
  • Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products – Available through Blackboard with selected courses, My Labs is the world's leading collections of online homework, tutorial, and assessment content
  • SmartThinking -  24/7 academic support program that provides you with online access to live, one-to-one assistance from over 1,500 trained and qualified tutors in math, biology, chemistry, physics, economics, accounting, statistics, Spanish, writing, and more.
  • Video Collaboration Support – OEL supports the operation of several room resources developed expressly for distance learning and remote collaboration. Rooms available are BMH 105, 106, 318, LBB 1040, 1022, and others planned for future renovations. Faculty can extend the reach of their on-premise courses to distance learners and leverage remote speakers and partner institutions.
  • Virtual computing labs (VCL) - Desktop virtualization server that provides specialized software in the form of Web accessible virtual machines.  Various Windows 7 desktop builds can be customized for student’s use. Currently specialized VM’s running Windows 7 and software such as SPSS, Free CAD, Muse Scope, Avogadro, Adobe Pro, GMetrix, and QUCS Circuit Simulator are available for checkout (
  • Virtual Study Rooms (Via Bb Collaborate)
  • Dedicated Role-play rooms – BMH 218, 305, rooms capable of supporting live recording and streaming of role-play and other training/learning events focused on clinical experiences.
  • Adobe Connect Enterprise (To be announced) - Providing a large-scale audience webinar deployment platform with registration and event management features.
  • Adobe Presenter - Convert your boring PowerPoint presentations into engaging eLearning content. Add quizzes, scenarios, and out-of-the-box assets, and publish as HTML5 for access using desktop and mobile browsers. Create high-impact interactive training videos. Track learner performance using leading LMS’s.
  • Adobe Video Express - Create, edit and publish rich, interactive HD videos in just 3 steps. Capture anything on your screen or your webcam feed, or bring in videos from your tablet, phone, or any external source. Mix them any way you want -include quizzes to better engage viewers.
  • 3Play Media – Closed Captioning and translation services – OEL can transcribe or Closed Caption video and audio project of various formats. This service helps the institution address 508 C compliance and learners with certain disabilities.


If you are interested in fast tracking your college education, earning a degree for professional advancement, continuing your advanced studies, or enhancing your workplace skills, we can assist you with finding a course, a series of courses, or a program to meet your needs.

Our online degree programs are designed to fit your lifestyle and career goals. Explore the online degree and certificate programs and the numerous online courses offered by Norfolk State University.