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What is Our DEAL ?


Distance Education for Authentic Learning (DEAL)

DEAL's Mission


DEAL will engage, empower, and inspire global learners by re-imagining and redefining curriculum to enact positive change and meet the competitive demands of a 21st century society. DEAL courses and programs will support student success by employing on demand, technology-integrated, real-world relevant teaching and learning not constrained to brick and mortar classrooms.


DEAL: Where Learning is Connected, Flexible and Authentic 

What is Authentic Learning?

From the Glossary of Education Reform, Authentic Learning

From Educational Research Newsletter & Webinars, The four characteristics of 'authentic learning'

Authentic learning: what, why and how?

What is DEALtrademark circle logo ?  

Dillard University's DEAL program includes both hybrid and fully online courses. 

DEAL. Courses can be found using the Course Search tool found in the Guest tab in on myDU. Use the "method" filter and search for either "online" or "hybrid."


Current Academic Year - Hybrid and Online in myDU 

Fall 2020 DEAL - hybrid sections - edit Method Filter in myDU to HYBRID

Fall 2020 DEAL - online sections - edit Method Filter in myDU to ONLINE

Spring 2021 DEAL - hybrid sections - edit Method Filter in myDU to HYBRID

Spring 2021 DEAL - online sections - edit Method Filter in myDU to ONLINE

Summer 2021 DEAL - hybrid sections - edit Method Filter in myDU to HYBRID

Summer 2021 DEAL - online sections - edit Method Filter in myDU to ONLINE





Hybrid: Hybrid classes at Dillard University combine traditional classroom instruction with a significant amount (33% - 75%) of instruction delivered through instructional technology.  Hybrid courses meet approximately half of the time in a traditional face-to-face environment with the remainder of the course presentation, interaction, activities, and exercises delivered through various electronic means online.


Online: Online classes at Dillard University have the bulk of the material delivered online using the Canvas Learning Management System.  Face-to-face sessions are discouraged but acceptable up to 5% of instructional time (maximum of two 1 hour meetings during a long semester).  Proctored exams are allowed.  All required meeting days, times, and locations should be included in the class description in the course schedule so students and advisers are aware of this requirement prior to registration.


ASYNCHRONOUS and SYNCHRONOUS ONLINE LEARNING: How are they different?  How do they fit in DU DEAL?  





$50 for an online and $30 for a hybrid course enrollment. DEAL students do not pay extra for quiz or exam proctoring. 


Student Readiness: Canvas LMS and the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator


There are no prerequisites for registration in hybrid and online course sections; however, there is a requirement to complete a Canvas Student Tour (previously DEAL 101: Canvas Onboarding and eLearning Readiness)during the first 7 days of the semester. 


Student Readiness: Distance Education for Authentic Learning additional self evaluations


Students should self-determine if they are ready to succeed in a hybrid or online course. Take one or all of these quick self-assessments: The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services "Are You Ready for Online Learning?," The Pennsylvania State University Online Readiness Assessment, and others recommended by MERLOT in their Student Readiness assessment tools collection. The "Assessing Readiness for E-Learning" instrument was the result of a research study that addressed the issue that demonstrated success in a traditional classroom is not predictor of success in an online course. You can also learn more about Skills for Effective Online Learning by completing a self-assessment (shared from the Erskin Theological Seminary). 


Student Support:    

Students needing assistance with this onboarding requirement can contact their DEAL Support Team Coaches at:



email Deal Support directly at  mailto:


@The DEAL Center is currently closed due to COVID - 19 safety precautions.  It is normally opened on weekdays and Saturday mornings to assist students with the Canvas LMS, eLearning Readiness assessment, and all academic technology needs, such as using Google Apps, Respondus, Unicheck and VoiceThread.  Hours vary by semester. Visit the Distance Learning classroom (220) in the Library.


FERPA and Student Privacy in Distance Education 

Procedures for Protecting Student Privacy in Distance Education Courses

Qualified Faculty:



All Faculty teaching in the DEAL program are competent to design for, communicate with and assess learners using our learning management system.  All DEAL faculty have earned Quality Matters (QM) Applying the Quality Matters Rubric certification and are proficient to design high quality courses aligned with the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric Standards. DEAL faculty design and deliver high quality courses that result in authentic learning outcomes. DU currently has more than 30 QM Standards trained and certified DEAL faculty members. Dillard University is a member of the Online Learning Consortium and the United States Distance Learning Association and DEAL faculty are continually involved in professional development. 


Professional Development Timeline for current faculty interested in joining the DEAL eFaculty

Policies and Guidelines for DU Online and Hybrid Courses

RN to BSN Program - A blended program




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