Distance Learning & Instructional Technology (DLIT)


Whether you’re just interested in taking some classes, or interested in pursuing a degree, Distance Learning can help you achieve your goal!

NEW! A Cybersecurity CSC program is available to complete through online classes.

Programs available either completely online or with minimal face-to-face contact.


online programs touchOnce you have accessed your course through Blackboard, familiarize yourself with the course page to locate your syllabus and course due dates. Your course may incorporate streaming media, which contains videos where you will gain information similar to if you were listening to a lecture in a face-to-face classroom. If you do not have dependable internet access, most of the course videos are available on DVD in the Distance Learning & Instructional (DLIT) Technology department. In addition, the Blackboard course page will also indicate if you are required to contact the Distance Learning office to obtain any supplemental materials.

Come and see us if you need help learning how to use Blackboard, or have any questions about what is expected of you in your distance courses.

ready for onlineUse this Online Readiness Survey to get an idea of your readiness for Distance Learning courses.


testing Proctored testing is available in Dellinger Hall, room 107 on the main campus.  If you need to take supervised tests at another location, please review guidelines and instructions for completion of the Proctor Form.

!!Please review the
Testing Information page for  all guidelines on proctored testing, including Certiport tests!!

Problems with a Blackboard Course?

Remember that instructors have until the first day of class to make the Blackboard page available to students, so be patient.
If it is past the first day of class and you still cannot see the Blackboard page, remember that it may take up to 2 days from your registration until
READ MORE the course will show in your class list. YOU CAN: Verify that you are registered correctly in the course by checking your class list in MYSouthwest, and then checking with the instructor by looking up their contact information on the Faculty Employee Directory online
During the course, if you have any technical difficulties, the first thing to do is notify your instructor. In addition, contact the Distance Learning office to obtain assistance and make sure that you do not fall behind in your coursework. Contact hours and information for our offices is listed on this page.

Helpful Distance Course Tips

*Before enrolling in an online course, you should first assess your readiness for stepping into the online learning environment. Use this Online Readiness Survey to get an idea of your readiness for Distance Learning courses.
READ MORE pan style="color: #b52c07;">*Watching video lectures does not take the place of reading assigned texts – make sure to complete assignments in both areas.
*Take notes while watching video segments, just like you would in a regular classroom.
*Get on a schedule!  It is very easy to get behind because of the flexibility of a Distance Learning course.
*Frequent the Blackboard page for your course for announcements, study guides or other supplemental materials.
*Take advantage of the Student Resources that are available to help you.

communicate with ddlWE’RE HERE FOR YOU!

Communicate with your instructor and/or the Distance Learning staff regularly, and at the earliest sign of trouble. Access immediate help either through online chat with one of our Virtual Advisers, or through the latest in posted information on the MYSouthwest Helpdesk. If you are getting behind, or need help, let us know as soon as possible so we can work with you. Our goal is to help you succeed in any way we can. Distance Learning at Southwest is READY WHEN YOU ARE!