Distance Learning

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Distance Learning & Instructional Design

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M-Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Webster Hall Room 109

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Telephone (877) 837-8527 Ext.2
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Distance Learning

The Department of Distance Learning has a special goal within Missouri Southern; the service of all students, both on campus and off. By offering quality education through various delivery methods, Distance Learning can service a multitude of students whose educational needs might not fit into the traditional “on campus” setting. By allowing the access and completion of course material at a more convenient time and place, students are more able to combine their individual educational goals with their personal constraints and needs. By offering courses via the Internet, MSSU offers a complete avenue for students to complete their educational journey.

Meet the Administration Team


Name: Scott Snell
Position: Director, Distance Learning
Scott, the fearless leader of the Distance Learning team, enjoys working jointly with the MSSU faculty to move forward with conceptualization and implementation of distance learning at MSSU.


  • Master of Education in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri
  • Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri Southern State University

Hometown: Scott is from Enid, Oklahoma and enjoys reading sci-fi/fantasy and historical fiction and watching his kids grow up.
Career Highlights: Scott taught 8th grade SpecialEducation for eight years and has also served as the previous Blackboard Administrator here at MSSU.He also teaches UE100 online to MSSU students.

Favorite Quote: “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” --Will Durant

Location: 109 Webster Hall
Contact: (417) 625-9651


Amanda Curtis

Name: Amanda Curtis

Position: LMS Administrator
In coordination with the Department of Information Technology, Amanda manages, our Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard. Amanda's favorite aspect of her position is being able to constantly improve a system used by many educational institutions across the country. The LMS is always evolving to meet the demand of the educational system. Her position provides continual satisfaction because she gets to focus on previously unattainable goals, focus on collaboration and advancements in technology in online education.


  • Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Missouri Southern State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Missouri Southern State University
  • Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Missouri Southern State University

Hometown: Amanda is from Webb City and enjoys road trips in her free time.
Career Highlights: Amanda began her career at MSSU while still a full time student. She worked as a Technology Information Specialist with Blackboard. She has also worked as a courtroom clerk/assistant for the City of Joplin.

Favorite Quote: “When all else fails, including looking at the box...follow the instructions." -- unknown

Location: 109 Webster Hall
Contact: (417) 625-9652