Online, Blended, and Distance Learning

Online and blended learning programs include online courses, blended courses, off-campus courses, study abroad programs, the Washington semester program, remote practicum assignments, and similar off-campus learning experiences for credit. Our goal is to provide JMU students and faculty, in off-campus locations, with the same excellent library services that are available to the campus community.

Here is your starting place for course and curriculum design and development guidance and support.

Quality Framework for Online and Blended Course and Curriculum Design and Development:

Faculty Learning Opportunities:

Services and Support:

  • Student Success in Online Learning Environment (an example)
  • Consultation and Support in areas including but not limited to:
    • Course design, aligning course structure and learning activities with objectives
    • Course development, in collaboration with JMU Libraries Media Production Services
    • Best practice of teaching with Canvas Learning Management System
    • Design and redesign of curriculum and learning assessment in online environments
    • Applied research for effective use of technologies in teaching and learning

Canvas Learning Management System

Video Management Services: Find out how JMU Libraries’ video management services can help your video hosting and publishing for online and blended courses.

More library resources and services can be accessed at the JMU Libraries web site. Read on to find resources that students who cannot come to the Harrisonburg campus will find particularly useful.

For information about online and distance learning policies, enrollment, programs, and other resources, please visit JMU Online and Distance Learning at

Research Help

Research Guides

Get help finding books, research databases, journals, websites, and other resources for your research. Research and course guides are created by JMU Librarians.

Ask the Library
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Liaison Librarians
If you want more in-depth help than the Subject Guides and Ask the Library offer, consult directly with your Liaison Librarian, a subject expert assigned to your academic department.

Books, Articles, Videos, and More

Connect to JMU’s Online Resources from Off Campus

You can get to almost all our online journals and electronic resources from off-campus! Once you’ve followed the set up instructions, visit the JMU Libraries home page and start your research.

Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL) 
Using the Interlibrary Loan form, you can request books and articles to be sent directly to you. Materials owned by JMU Libraries will be sent to you within two business days of the request. If you request a book that is not in the JMU Libraries collection, your request will be shipped promptly after JMU Libraries receives and processes the book. Most articles can be delivered electronically, regardless of whether they come from JMU or another library. JMU Libraries also offers a document delivery service, which is a convenient way to receive electronic copies of JMU-owned print articles.

To qualify for distance learner library services, you must be a JMU instructor or JMU student registered in a JMU online course and currently living greater than 50 miles from campus. JMU students at home on summer break and not currently enrolled in a JMU course are not eligible for distance learner services. Distance learning students studying outside the U.S. are only eligible for delivery of JMU-owned materials.

Before placing requests be sure to:

  • Fill in your complete home address
  • Choose DISTANCE LEARNER as your delivery location

Contact ILL staff at or (540) 568-6804 with any questions about delivery services. Return all borrowed items to Carrier Library on time (allow time for return delivery) using the pre-paid UPS label and shipping pack provided. Remember to change your delivery location and enter a local address when you return to campus.

VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program


JMU participates in the state-wide cooperative borrowing program, allowing you to use your JACard to directly checkout materials from participating institutions. Please visit the program’s website ( to find your local participating academic library.