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As part of a major public university, the Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education (formerly the College of Continuing Studies) provides flexible and innovative educational opportunities, technical assistance and applied research that touches lives and creates opportunities in ways that make a difference and improve our world.

The Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education (OTIDE) is committed to inclusive engagement and accessibility, high-impact practices, innovative adaptability, quality enhancement and continuous improvement in all that we do and for all those we serve. To drive these missions, all OTIDE employees were invited to contribute to the development of a strategic plan to guide our office’s future. The OTIDE Strategic Plan establishes priorities for our aspirational education, consultation and outreach goals.

OTIDE is making the incredible resources of The University of Alabama available to everyone, anywhere in the world:

Through UA Early College, high school students can earn college credit, online or in person.

UA Online offers University of Alabama degree programs in highly flexible online and hybrid formats for those wanting to earn a premier degree regardless of time and distance.

With Back to Bama, past UA students can come back and complete their degree online or on campus. After evaluation, some students may be eligible for a free course.

Our Military Services team includes specialized support, and we also offer a grant to help cover costs not paid by military tuition assistance. The University of Alabama is a Top 10 Tier 1 Research Institution Military Friendly® School and unlimited Yellow Ribbon school.

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) provides a variety of intellectually stimulating non-credit courses, field trips, social gatherings and volunteer opportunities designed for adults 50 and older.

New College LifeTrack gives adults the opportunity to earn their undergraduate degrees through flexible schedules and custom-designed courses of study. Students are even eligible to earn academic credit for past work experience.

Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning provides certificate programs, workshops, conferences and continuing education experiences to professionals. CELL’s abundant portfolio of opportunities is ideal for individuals seeking to learn new concepts and strengthen essential skills, in addition to organizations seeking to enhance their workforce.

UA SafeState supports Alabama residents and businesses with environmental and occupational safety consultation services, an accredited laboratory facility, a technical assistance program and training programs, including the OSHA Training Institute Education Center.