FAQ

Looking to understand more about Vanderbilt's digital education offerings, our office, or faculty resources? Check out these frequently asked questions below.

Still have a question? Please contact us so that we can better assist you.

  • What does Vanderbilt currently offer online?

    Vanderbilt currently offers degree programs within the School of Engineering, School of Nursing, and Peabody College. In addition, we offer a number of continuing education options. A listing of all online offerings can be found here.

  • How do I partner with the Office of Digital Education (ODE)?

    ODE can provide academic units with infrastructure, expertise and resources needed to launch online and/or hybrid programs. Our team will work with you to identify your specific needs and build a plan tailored to help achieve your goals.
    Please use our intake form to notify us of your interest in partnering.

  • Do I have to use the Office of Digital Education to launch an online offering?

    While all new programs must be approved by the Office of the Provost, working with The Office of Digital Education is optional and the decision of the academic unit Dean. If a unit prefers to work with an external partner, ODE can support vendor recommendations and contracting.

  • How does ODE decide which programs to work with?

    The Office of Digital Education is excited to support online learning initiatives across Vanderbilt. After you submit an intake form, our team reviews your specific needs, and schedules a consultation with you to discuss in further detail. Based on our current portfolio and capacity, we will develop a plan on how we can best serve your needs. We hope to partner with you to grow a portfolio of innovative online credentials that will meet the diverse needs of learners, elevate Vanderbilt’s world-class education, and advance the university’s mission.   

  • How does ODE provide support to existing online programs?

    As the hub for online learning at Vanderbilt, we are here as thought partners with all new and existing online programs. ODE is creating a community for new adopters and seasoned experts. We encourage you to partner with us where needed. 

  • What services does ODE provide for program development?

    ODE provides support at all stages of the program development process. From planning, developing, and launching your endeavor, we are here to help. Visit our Launch an Online Program page for full details on our partnership.

  • How much detail to I need to know about my program before I approach ODE?

    Our office is available to work with you at any stage of the process. Whether you are seeking information about potential areas of interest to explore, or you have formal PCCAP proposal approval, we meet you where you are. Submit an intake form and we will set up a time to discuss your needs. 

  • What is the financial arrangement with ODE when launching a new program?

    Please reach out to us to discuss your program needs, which will inform the proposed financial arrangement between ODE and your academic unit. 

  • How long will it take to build and launch an online degree program?

    Successfully developing an online program requires significant planning, organization, and time. Programs can expect a 12-18 month process before the first course is delivered. Visit our Launch an Online Program page for details on timelines and approvals. 

  • How long will it take to design a course?

    With the help and support of our instructional design team, course design usually takes about 12 weeks. The full timeline for a course launch including design, production, and review ranges from 16 – 18 weeks.

  • What kind of support does ODE provide for video and media production?

    ODE offers consultation and production services for Vanderbilt faculty interested in developing high quality media elements for their online courses. If you are launching a program or course with our office, we manage the end-to-end production of your video and media content. Visit our Digital Media Services page for more details. 

  • Are digital media services available to my students?

    No. Our digital media services are designed for faculty course use only. We do encourage instructors to bring teaching assistants and other support staff with them to help facilitate the production process. ODE’s digital media staff will also be on the ground to support you. 

  • I’m a Vanderbilt student, staff, or faculty member, how do I access Coursera?

    Details on how to access Coursera offerings.

  • Can I earn Vanderbilt course credit for a Coursera course?

    No, courses offered in Coursera do not result in academic credit.

  • I’m interested in teaching online. Where do I begin?

    If you are a current Vanderbilt faculty member, contact the Office of Digital Education.


Not Sure How to Get Started?

The Office of Digital Education is committed to enabling the development of uniquely Vanderbilt online and hybrid programs. Whether you have an early idea with a basic concept in mind or pre-existing course content you’d like to bring online to a global learning platform, discover what’s possible by contacting us through the form below.