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Office of E-Learning Services

The Origin and Mission

Established in Fall 2008, the Office of E-Learning Services has the purpose to coordinate and facilitate the growth and expansion of online programs at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. The Office of Online Programs acts as the liaison between the Office of Provost, UCT, Schools and faculty to determine the programs that are offered online. Our role is to organize, and support the development of our new online and web-supported courses, and online programs to benefit the entire UHCL community. 

Our office objectives include:

  • Develop and recommend plans and assessment activities for online course development.

  • Develop and implement training for faculty teaching online courses.

  • Advise and train faculty on approaches to enhance the quality of online courses.

  • Ensure compliance of online programs with accreditation standards mandated by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

  • Implement and maintain accessibility standards in all online courses in compliance with state and federal laws.  

Current News  

The Office of Online Program, now the “Office of E-Learning Services” at UHCL has been awarded the 2016 Effective Practices Award by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) for, “Pathway to Quality Online Education at University of Houston - Clear Lake”.

 The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), is a professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. OLC’s Effective Practice Awards recognizes effective techniques, strategies and practices that are shared by members of the OLC community to advance quality and access to online programs. Effective practices are peer reviewed and evaluated within the framework of OLC’s five pillars of quality in online education: access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction and scale. This prestigious award is presented for outstanding commitment and accomplishment for advancing online education.

The award will be presented at the 2016 OLC Accelerate conference in Orlando on November 17, 2016.



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New Online Programs  

Bachelor of Science in Anthropology (fall 2016 - for more information see your advisor)

Master of Science in School Library and Information Sciences (fall 2016 - for more information see your advisor)

Upcoming New Online Programs

Master of Science in Multicultural Studies in Education (In progress)

Master of Science in Early Childhood Education (In progress)

Master if Science in Curriculum and Instruction (development starts in spring 2017) 

Contact Information

Bayou Building Suite 2504
2700 Bay Area Blvd.,
Houston, TX 77058

Executive Director

Dr. Shanta Goswami Varma
Phone: 281-283-3056
Fax: 281-283-3009

Quality Assurance Evaluator II

Mr. Henry J. Newkirk, M.Ed., MIT
Phone: 281-283-3055

E-Learning Accessibility Specialist

Ms. Barbara Ellis, MA
Phone: 281-283-3057


Phone: 281-283-3054 


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Online Course Support

Click the link to contact Online Course Support

Last updated: 01/30/2017 UTC
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