About the Office of Distance Learning

The mission of the Office of Distance Learning is to ensure that all students have access to and experience quality learning in their online courses by employing the best pedagogical practices based on the existing research literature to foster student success in their distance education programs.


The Office of Distance Learning was established to support the growing needs of students, faculty, and staff involved with online and hybrid courses.


Some of the services we provide:

  • Assisting students and faculty with navigating Laulima, LMS within the UH system
  • Provide instructional design and technology for faculty and staff
  • Provide assistance with educational technology tools
  • Online teaching and learning workshops aligned with Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR)
  • OSCQR course review
  • So much more...

Our office provides several options for students and faculty seeking support including an online help form, daily office hours, online tutorials, workshops, and chat through our website. We also encourage students and faculty to stop by our "Help Wall" in the library, room B222. The wall provides quick assistance for some of our most frequently asked questions related to navigating Laulima.

Distance Learning @ UH West O‘ahu

Distance learning or distance education, encompasses all educational experiences that occur from a physical distance.


The University utilizes a learning management system called Laulima. All University of Hawai‘i courses are connected to a Laulima account. Faculty who are teaching, not only online, but in person may utilize Laulima to organize course content.


Students are encouraged to go through the Laulima orientation and contact instructors (if they have questions about the content of the course) or email the Office of Distance Learning (if they are having Laulima questions), immediately so that minimal time is lost in the usability of the course.

Learning Through Distance

UH West O'ahu offers online coursework in many of the most popular areas of study. After completing lower division coursework in-person and online at UH West O'ahu and/or a partnering University of Hawai'i Community College, students may pursue UH West O'ahu's distance learning upper-division coursework in Business Administration, Public Administration, Social Sciences, Early Childhood Education, Political Science, and Psychology entirely online.*

*UH West O'ahu does not offer online-only degree programs. Lower division coursework needs to be completed via in-person and online classes at UH West O'ahu and/or a partnering University of Hawai'i Community College.

Our Staff

Gloria Niles

As the Director of Distance Education, Dr. Gloria Niles provides leadership for advancing the Universityʻs goal to support equitable student success through expanding access to courses, certificates, degrees, and programs offered through distance delivery modalities. Since 1990, Dr. Niles has served in a variety of teaching and administrative positions in higher education. She holds a masterʻs degree in Online Teaching and Learning from California State University, East Bay, and a Ph.D. in Education from Capella University.

Instructional Designer

Bea Matsuoka

Distance Learning Help Desk

We can help with...

  • Laulima
  • Star GPS
  • Kuali
  • Camtasia
  • Snagit
  • online courses

& any other technological problems you may run into. Schedule an appointment on the Laulima's DE page or contact us at uhwode@hawaii.edu or visit us in B-222 on the West O`ahu campus library.