Julie Loats

Director of the Center for Online and Distance Learning
Primary office:
(785) 864-4459
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Julie is the director of the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning.  Her responsibilities include facilitating faculty services and resources focused on moving courses towards online and hybrid formats with improved learning outcomes.  In addition, the center is charged with leading the strategy to provide a broader range of KU courses and programs to online learners and the services that support them.

Before joining the center in November 2011, she served as an online course developer in the KU department of Special Education and then for 14 years in KU Information Technology.  Her service as the Director for Enterprise Applications and Services included leading diverse campus wide teams to implement initiatives such as the Kyou portal and KU advising tool.  Julie’s passions include organizational change, leveraging technology to improve business and academic processes, team building, and running.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the University of Kansas.

The mission of the Center for Online and Distance Learning is to work with departments and faculty to assist in the development of effective online courses for students from all reaches of the globe.

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