About Us

The Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) supports the California State University (CSU) by finding innovative ways to use technology to advance the system's academic mission. CDL staff assists with academic technology projects, shares information across the university, and provides high quality project design and development in support of CSU academic technology initiatives.

About the People

Name Role
Gerry Hanley
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services
CSU Chancellor's Office
Executive Sponsor
Jean-Pierre Bayard
Director of Systemwide Learning Technologies and Services
CSU Chancellor's Office
Project Director
Robert A. Desharnais
Professor of Biological Science and Director of Virtual Labs Courseware project at CSULA
CSULA Faculty Leader
Virtual Labs Project
Paul Narguizian
Professor of Biological Science and Director of CSULA Math and Science Teacher Initiatives
CSULA Faculty Leader
Virtual Labs Project
Donald Strand
Center for Distributed Learning


About the Project

Science faculty throughout the CSU are adopting innovative online and virtual labs technologies, lab experiments and simulations that engage students in learning through active participation. The Virtual Labs project in the CSU is part of system-wide Academic Technology initiative to reduce enrollment bottleneck courses for students by deploying virtual labs products that neatly integrate with the CSU contracted learning management systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, and others. This site serves as a teachings commons on the use of virtual labs in teaching and learning across the CSU, and provides faculty a "one-stop-shop" to review the available and free virtual labs.

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