Committee Charge and Membership


The Digital Education Committee (DEC) charge is to guide the development of the university distance learning and activities; to facilitate a forum for distance learning; and to provide support for online programs. The DEC reports to the Educational Effectiveness Committee. In fulfilling this charge, DLC will:

Guide the Development of The University Distance Learning and Activities

  1. Review program proposals for distance education programs in via joint meetings with the Learning and Technology Committee.
  2. Support the process and awareness for LLU compliance with state authorization for online education.
  3. Develop recommendations for Distance Education section in the Administrative Handbook.
  4. Facilitate  distance learning and online services:
    1. Library access, navigation, and support
    2. Student services, e.g., online registration, online add/drop forms, student assistance/counseling, etc.
  5. Research and share best practices in distance learning:
    1. Assessment
    2. Innovative and effective instructional strategies
    3. Mission-focused learning (MFL)
    4. Service learning
    5. Technology

Facilitate a Forum for Online Education and Distance Learning

  1. Identify and communicate solutions for online and distance learning issues at the program, school, and university levels.
  2. Disseminate challenges and successful online learning approaches  through research and publications.
  3. Educate faculty in best practices related to online teaching.

Provide Support for Online Programs

  1. Develop, recommend, and formalize Distance Education policies with the Educational Effectiveness Committee and University Academic Affairs Committee.
  2. Communicate with UAAC and ECC regarding implementation process of recommendations.
  3. Assist the Program Review Committee with Distance Education Program review to ensure that distance learning students receive the “Loma Linda University experience.”
  4. Serve as an advocate for distance education programs.
  5. Provide guidance for marketing and recruitment of online programs.
  6. Support the process and awareness for LLU compliance with state authorization for online education.



  • Kirk Campbell - Director, Educational Technology Services
  • TBD


  • University Services

    • Educational Effectiveness
      • Ken Nelson, Director
      • Diane Mattheson, Academic Liaison
    • Educational Technology Services -
      • Kirk Campbell, Director
      • Fred Armstrong, Associate Director
      • Raphael Molinav, Digital Education Specialist
      • Ashley Pelton, Instructional Technologist
    • Student Financial Aid - Verdell Schaefer, Director
  • Schools

    • School of Allied Health Professions
      • Chair, Health Informatics & Information Management - Debra Hamada
      • Healthcare Administration (BS) - Karla Lavin Williams
      • Occupational Therapy (OTD) - Julie Kugel
      • Radiation Technology -
        • James Cruise, Instructor
        • Timothy Seavey, Instructor
      • Respiratory Care (BS) - Alan Alipoon
      • Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) - Keith Wolgemuth
    • School of Behavioral Health
      • Social Work (MSW) - Kimberly Freeman
      • Counseling and Family Science - Nichola Ribadu
    • School of Dentistry
      • Assistant Dean, Educational Quality and Outcomes - Eun-Hwi Euni Cho
    • School of Nursing
      • RN to BS -
        • Lisa Highton
        • Nancy Sarpy
        • Judith Peters
      • Educational Support Services - Chris Denny
    • School of Public Health
      • Assessment - Michelle Hamilton
      • Health Education (MPH) - Anna Nelson
      • Health Policy and Leadership (DrPH) - Jim Banta
      • Healthcare Administration (MHA) - Huma Shah
      • Plant-based Nutrition (MS) - Michael Paalani
      • Preventive Care (DrPH) - Hildemar Dos Santos
    • School of Religion
      • Distance Education & Online Learning
        • Zane Yi, Associate Dean
        • Magi Armany


Digital Education Task Force (DETF)

Charge: Formed in 2011, the DETF is charged for six months to determine LLU's needs for digital and distance education. In so doing, the task force proposes to produce a digital education academic strategic plan that will include the following and other items as needed:

  • SWOT analysis and recommendations on:
    • Infrastructure (technology, software and learning management system, and policies and procedures)
    • Digital education support and training
    • Distance education policies
  • Analysis and recommendations for desired online academic programs
  • Analysis and recommendations for a third party development partner (if it is decided to use one)
  • Review of existing online programs
  • Recommend strategies to implement Mission-focused learning

Distance Learning Committee (DLC)

The DLC has been charged by the DETF to analyze the University's need for distance education policies and to develop proposed policies. It has many other responsibilities as well, so explore its site to learn more!

Learning and Technology Committee (LTC)

Learning and Technology Committee (LTC)


  • Review proposals for distance education programs on the integration and use of technology to support student learning outcomes in conjunction with the Distance Learning Committee.
    • Update new program proposal template with technology support items.
  • Coordinate, facilitate and advise faculty on effective use of education technology.
  • Arrange in-service learning opportunities for faculty in the use of technology in learning.
  • Coordinate, facilitate, advise and encourage the acquisition and appropriate use of equipment and software to support learning activities.
    • Evaluate and make recommendations on the electronic campus resources and tutorials for students, staff and faculty.
    • Share technologies and best practices from the schools.
    • Evaluating new technologies and interfacing with vendors to make appropriate recommendations.
  • Coordinate, facilitate and advise regarding the use of smart classrooms, laboratories, etc., which provide technology for use in learning activities.