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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.

Faculty Spotlight

The Distance Ed team is proud to spotlight Dr. Kyle Stone (left, below) and Dr. David Pumphrey (right, below) for being declared joint winners of the Faculty Innovative Use of Technology Award. This award was presented by Dr. Cynthia Pemberton (Vice President for Academic Affairs) during the 2016 National Distance Learning Week.   

National Distance Learning Week 2016 Awards Kyle Stone (left) and David Pumphrey (right)

Dr. Kyle Stone 

Dr. Kyle B. Stone, Assistant Professor of Management at Colorado Mesa University, is a scholar-practitioner currently teaching organizational behavior, human resource management, leadership, and operations management within the Department of Business. Dr. Stone has been working in the North American manufacturing industry since 1990. His 20+ year career spans industries including automotive, healthcare, chemical, pulp and paper, and heavy steel fabrication primarily focused in process improvement, operations management, human resource and organizational development.  He has lead over 200 Kaizen events and continues to lead Lean transformations as a consultant.  He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Performance and Change and a M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University.  His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Technology with a minor in Aviation from Central Missouri State University.

He feels passionately that online delivery allows access to education that otherwise would not be available for many learners. His current focus is integrating some of the technology employed in online courses within the face-to-face environment as an opportunity to enhance learning via various delivery methods.  As an example, he integrated Panopto for online presentations last year and piloted it within his on-campus HRMA373 Leadership class Spring 2016.  The result within the on-campus class was positive and students could interact more than a typical face-to-face formal presentation with each presenter.  He continues to search for the ‘perfect’ teaching methodology that addresses each students’ unique learning style and recognizes this will be a life long journey! 

Dr. David Pumphrey

Dr. David Pumphrey spent 22+ years rising through the ranks of Information Technology (I.T.) departments in industries as varied as logistics (trucking), insurance, credit scoring, textile manufacturing and telecommunications.  During his time in industry, David (prior to becoming Dr. Pumphrey) integrated “bleeding edge” technologies into the workplace.  Whether it be introducing Twitter to an oil & gas firm as a means of communicating with field personnel or using mobile technology prior to the iPhone introduction, David has never feared pushing the boundaries by introducing technology that is in its infancy.

At CMU, Dr. Pumphrey has used Panopto for course content in conjunction with D2L to assess the students’ understanding of short, pre-classroom videos to flip many of his courses. He uses an iPad to write on the slides while engaging students in their seats rather than standing behind the podium.  Additionally, Dr. Pumphrey used a software product called X-Mirage on his WinTel PC to record whiteboard lectures on his iPad that were transmitted to his PC and later uploaded to Panopto.  This solved a problem of how to flip a classroom that requires tried and true lecture notes and example problems worked for the class.  Dr. Pumphrey used common note-taking apps on his iPad to work the math problems.  The interactions with the iPad (notes and problems written using a stylus) were transmitted to the PC containing X-Mirage, which emulates the screen sharing capability of an Apple TV. 

“Sometimes using new technology doesn’t quite work out, but you have to keep trying new things to find a way to reach students.  Their world is so fast-paced that if you allow the technology you use to stagnate, you lose an opportunity to reach student where they are,” says Pumphrey.  Gone are the days where a few bullets on a PowerPoint slide deck effectively engage students.