Mission & History

The Center for Distributed learning provides high quality, customer-focused leadership and project development in support of the CSU Academic Technology initiatives.

The CDL was founded in 1997 in response to the California State University's Integrated Technology Strategy. Our work supports faculty and students through the development and dissemination of tools and strategies which employ the web and related technologies.


The Center provides logistical, process, and development support to projects. Our focus is identifying learning-related problems and applying technology to support good teaching. Our services are provided to projects that have the potential to reach many faculty and students in the CSU, around the country, and around the world.

Logistical & Process Services

For projects such as Digital Portfolios, we coordinate meetings, facilitate communication between team members, and offer workshops on development topics. We host email discussion lists and keep project websites to keep participants informed.

Development Support

Projects such as Light Bridge and PharmSim are developed in-house. We work closely with faculty content experts to ensure that our products have strong instructional design. Our software development team is equipped to handle the entire development process, from requirements gathering and initial product design through programming, testing, and release.