Distance Education at CMU


At Colorado Mesa University (CMU), we understand the constant challenge of having to balance your educational pursuits with other life commitments.

Distance education provides quality online courses which enable students to create their own learning experience through collaboration and engagement with faculty and other students in a vibrant learning community.

Desire2Learn (D2L)

Brightspace by Desire2Learn (D2L) is the learning management system used to deliver online courses at CMU. 

Visit the MAVzone Login Page to access Desire2Learn (D2L).

With an Internet connection, CMU students can participate in online courses from any location in the world. CMU provides web-based instruction, online access to course materials that include frequent student-teacher, student-student, and student-content interaction.

CMU's online education may feature any of the following:

  • Faculty and student discussion forums with threaded bulletin boards.
  • Real-time electronic classrooms with graphical presentation and audio.
  • Online submission of assignments in multimedia formats.

Staff Spotlight

The Office of Distance Education is proud to spotlight two newly hired Instructional Designers: Jennifer Pacheco and Joshua Rosenbaum. 

Jennifer Pacheco 

Jennifer Pacheco

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Colorado Mesa University and went on to earn her Master of Science in Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University. Jennifer is a Grand Junction native who spent 6 years teaching in Mesa County elementary schools, and 2 years teaching English in South Korea. Her passion for quality instruction and engaging educational experiences led her to her current role as an Instructional Designer at CMU. Jennifer is excited to see the innovative ways faculty are reaching students through the online platform, and she is eager to help make every instructional opportunity as impactful as possible.


Joshua Rosenbaum

Joshua Rosenbaum

A native of Norfolk Virginia, Joshua graduated with a degree in Foodservice Management from the Norfolk campus of Johnson & Wales University (JWU).  After a career as an Executive Chef in boutique hotels, organic food retail and restaurants he decided to pursue his dream of being a teacher.  He returned to his alma mater where he taught culinary arts and baking & pastry at the JWU Charlotte NC campus.  While at JWU he pursued his graduate studies at the University of North Carolina Charlotte where he received his M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology with a focus in Online Teaching & Learning.   Joshua was Director of Academics for At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy in Singapore before returning to the US and relocating to Grand Junction. 

Joshua is very excited to be part of an Instructional Design team that shares his passion for delivery of quality instruction with a focus on utilizing engaging technology for the benefit of both student and faculty.