Distance Education

The following information and resources is for Distance Education (DE) instructors. (Looking for information and resources for DE students? Visit Leeward's website for DE students.)

DE Guidelines

DE Support

  • DE Liaisons - Colleagues from each division who will help you teach online, connect with campus resources and colleagues, and build relationships amongst those who regularly teach online. Request assistance from a DE Liaison.
  • Professional Development - EMC's workshops, events, and resources to support your professional development using technology and teaching online.
  • Interested in teaching online? Contact Brent Hirata, Instructional Designer & DE Lead at 808-455-0484 or bhirata@hawaii.edu.

Tools and Resources

DE Newsletters

DE Student Surveys

Excellence in Online Teaching Award

DE Policies and Procedures

DE Reports


  1. Innovation in the use of distance learning technologies is critical since the technologies for learning at a distance delivery are constantly changing. Understanding the effective use of these technologies in ways that improve learning and enhance teaching is an increasing and ongoing process. The College is committed to encouraging the most effective ways to implement technologies that are congruent with its mission and resources.
  2. Collaboration and interaction are implicit in the very nature of these technologies. DE eliminates traditional boundaries and enables institutions to find ways to collaborate in serving the needs of students. The College is committed to developing collaboration and interaction in DE courses that are consistent with its mission.
  3. Quality of DE courses is essential to the College. The use of distance learning technologies must contribute to the quality of courses and the success of students.