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Office of The Online and Distance Learning (ODL)
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
+1 (202) 663-5959
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


The ODL team provides a wide range of services for faculty, staff and students for the Washington DC, SAIS Europe and the Hopkins Nanjing Center. Please contact us for more information on any of the services listed below.  

Instructional Design

Instructional design is the creation of educational environments and materials that enhance the teaching and learning experience of the Johns Hopkins SAIS community. Working closely with our expert faculty, we assist in the development of a wide variety of innovative solutions, from guiding the creation of entire online courses to finding individualized methods of achieving specific learning outcomes. We place a strong emphasis on ensuring a rich and engaging experience for students.

Academic Technology

Academic Technology is a family of hardware and software tools that can be integrated into face-to-face, online and hybrid courses for the specific purpose of enhancing teaching and learning. We explore emerging technology trends, and some of the solutions that we support include:

  • Blackboard, including fundamentals, assignments, grading, discussions and many more functions
  • Lecture Recording in the classroom, home or another remote location
  • Live Virtual Sessions in the classroom, including guest speakers
  • Course Evaluations
  • Academic Integrity and Anti-plagiarism services
  • In-class instant polling (“Clickers”)
  • Integration of academic technology tools
  • Training and workshops