e-Learning administrators work with all kinds of third-party vendors for different products and services. For distance education, there are learning management systems and course design and development. An increasing number of institutions develop contracts with third-party providers for their services. However, ultimately, it is the institution's responsibility to be accountable to accreditors, students, faculty, and to the institution's overall reputation and brand. It is essential that institutional providers of online and distance education develop strong relationships and partnerships with any third-party providers.