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Distance Learning

Distance learning is an essential component for fulfilling the academic mission of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.  UAFS incorporates synchronous and asynchronous learning via the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS).  Additionally, distance education courses are offered via compressed interactive video to select off-campus sites.  Due of the importance of distance learning, the Department of Instructional Support reports directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

  • To be the university of choice for online learning
  • To ensure that online courses offered at UAFS are taught by qualified faculty who are highly trained in using the Blackboard LMS for course development, creation, and delivery


  • To provide quality distance learning programs and courses
  • To ensure that distance learning programs and courses offered at UAFS are intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding


  • To provide a rich and stimulating online learning experience for students
  • To continually improve the quality of online training for faculty
  • To enhance student retention and success in the online learning environment
  • To increase the use and adoption of effective online course delivery systems

5210 Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 3649
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649

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