Distance Learning Coordinators

Education & Training > Administration and Administrative Support

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Coordinate day-to-day operations of distance learning programs and schedule courses.

Common job titles of Distance Learning Coordinators include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 63.64% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 27.27% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Communicate to faculty, students, or other users availability of, or changes to, distance learning courses or materials, programs, services, or applications.

    Troubleshoot and resolve problems with distance learning equipment or applications.

    Supervise distance learning support staff.

    Develop or provide technical resources, such as course management and videoconferencing systems, networking, and webcasting, for distance learning programs.

    Prepare and distribute schedules of distance learning resources, such as course offerings, classrooms, laboratories, equipment, and web sites.

    Provide technical or logistical support to users of distance learning classrooms, equipment, web sites, or services.

    Create and maintain web sites or databases that support distance learning programs.

    Direct and support the technical operation of distance learning classrooms or equipment.

    Monitor technological developments in distance learning for technological means to educational or outreach goals.

    Select, direct, and monitor the work of vendors that provide products or services for distance learning programs.

    Train instructors and distance learning staff in the use or support of distance learning applications, such as course management software.

    Communicate technical or marketing information about distance learning via podcasts, webinars, and other technologies.

    Analyze data to assess distance learning program status or to inform decisions for distance learning programs.

    Assess distance-learning technological or educational needs and goals.

    Develop distance learning program goals or plans, including equipment replacement, quality assurance, or course offering plans.

    Evaluate the effectiveness of distance learning programs in promoting knowledge or skill acquisition.

    Negotiate with academic units or instructors and vendors to ensure cost-effective and high-quality distance learning programs, services, or courses.

    Prepare reports summarizing distance learning statistical data or describing distance learning program objectives and accomplishments.

    Prepare and manage distance learning program budgets.

    Purchase equipment or services in accordance with distance learning plans and budget constraints.

    Conduct inventories of distance learning equipment, summarizing equipment usage data.

    Review distance learning content to ensure compliance with copyright, licensing, or other requirements.

    Write and submit grant applications or proposals to secure funding for distance learning programs.


Webinar equipment

Teleconferencing equipment

Personal computers

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Digital video disk DVD players



Hypertext markup language HTML


Microsoft .NET Framework

SAP Crystal Reports


Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate

All Technologies

Adobe Systems Adobe Connect

Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash

Articulate Storyline


Campus Cruiser LMS

Cisco Systems WebEx


Instructure Canvas


Podcasting software

RISC Virtual Training Assistant


Videoconferencing software

Web conferencing software


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Teaching others how to do something.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

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Occupation Sections


Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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