Products and Services

e-Learning administrators work with numerous types of third-party vendors to implement various products and services across their institution to meet certain needs and accomplish goals. For distance education, institutions may need learning management systems, course design systems, proctoring tools, and more. While using third-party providers may be a great choice financially, and in order to access the best tools without needing to create them in house, there are also potential shortcomings of third-party services including issues with accessibility for students with disabilities, and possible issues with the data protection of student information. It is essential that institutional providers of online and distance education develop strong relationships and partnerships with any third-party providers, and that they take responsibility for identifying vendors who will be accessible and will encrypt student data. Ultimately, institutions are accountable for third-party provider activity to accreditors, students, faculty, and to the institution's overall reputation and brand.

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