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UH Instruction Support Services & Programs

Educational Technology and University Outreach (ETUO)

Educational Technology and University Outreach (ETUO) is responsible for Distance and Continuing Education, as well as Faculty Development and Instructional Support (FDIS).

ETUO works with academic colleges, faculty and other administrative units to coordinate course and program delivery, student support services, and to provide faculty development opportunities. The unit also works with colleges to develop and implement extension programs for domestic and international delivery. ETUO serves as a liaison with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Southern Regional Electronic Board on matters related to accurate reporting and maintenance of quality standards.

For more information about ETUO, visit the department's webpage.

Faculty Development and Instructional Support (FDIS)

UH Faculty Development and Instructional Support promotes and supports faculty and programs using technology to enhance the learning experience in the classroom and in the community. Located in Room 54 Basement of UH M.D. Anderson Library, FDIS provides training in educational software applications such as Blackboard Learn, Wimba Classroom (a virtual classroom tool), Respondus (used to upload your entire exam into Blackboard) and Turnitin (a plagiarism-checking and online grading tool).

COP Support: To schedule a meeting to discuss educational software availability and personalized training, please contact Paul Boyle at or 713-743-5239.

Faculty Development Initiative Program (FDIP)

The UH Faculty Development Initiative Program (FDIP) program provides faculty with the opportunity to receive support for curricular innovations using technology.

Administered through the UH Office of Academic Affairs, this program provides over $300,000 each year to fund grants to instructors who are engaged in innovative teaching with technology. Funding may be used for course development, salaries for graduate assistants and support staff, instructional equipment, hardware and/or software, or to acquire other necessary academic technology materials to complete the project.

FDIP awards are based on proposals submitted by either an individual for an FDIP A Grant (up to $4,000) or to a team for an FDIP B grant (up to $25,000).

For more information on the FDIP program, request assistance in writing an FDIP grant proposal or to learn about other resources, please contact Paul Boyle at or 713-743-5239.