Extending learning beyond traditional boundaries.

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Our Mission: Blazing Trails

We extend learning beyond traditional boundaries for those seeking a degree or professional advancement.

Through this work, we are engaged in:

  • Design and development of active, online and blended learning experiences leading to improved learner engagement and success.
  • Joint administration of credit and professional non-credit self-support and online programs, in collaboration with university and community partners.
  • Certification, review, and support of online and blended teaching.
  • Incubation of innovative learning models, programs, practices, and services.


Innovation at work

Along with other innovation tenants, such as the DSU Makerspace, Zions Bank Business Resource Center, Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL), ACE Academy, and various small business start-ups, DXL is located at the Atwood Innovation Plaza (former East Elementary) – a space designed to foster innovation in the community.


Our Location

Atwood Innovation Plaza (INNOV), Suite 190
453 South 600 East
(northwest of Greater Zion Stadium)

Office entrance located near playground.

Parking available in the east parking lot or on the surrounding streets.

Mailing Address:
Dixie State University
Office of Digital & Extended Learning
225 South University Parkway
St. George, UT 84770


The Office of Digital & Extended Learning (DXL) is a member of the division of Academic Affairs, reporting to the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs.

Our team is comprised of 12 (and growing) professionals, with a vast array of experience in and outside of higher education.

All of our full-time staff members hold at least a master’s degree, several hold doctoral degrees, and many staff members have direct industry experience working with other higher education institutions, Fortune 500 corporations, state and federal governments, non-profit organizations, and public education.

Ryan Hobbs
Executive Director
  • Vacant
    Director, Learning Design & Development
    • Deb Chittur
      Learning Designer
    • Huck Stewart
      Learning Designer
    • Jordan Ellsworth
      Learning Designer
    • Ethan Deceuster
      Interim Director/Project Manager
    • Anson Atkin
    • Vincent Bates
    • Ren Kinswoman
    • Brooklyn Price
  • Christine Loveless
    Administrative Assistant
  • Laralee Davenport
    Manager, Program Development & Support
    • Dru Bottoms
      Program Advisor
  • Teri Brandenburg
    Manager, Quality & Training

Our History: Blazing Trails

January 2017

The Distance & Digital Learning office was established as recommended in the 2020 University Strategic Plan.

August 2018

Officially launched the first fully online program (Nursing RN-BSN).

November 2018

The office was renamed to Digital & Extended Learning (DXL) to align with expanded responsibilities beyond digital learning.

May 2020

Mission expanded to direct self-support credit and professional, non-credit programs, and establish community partnerships and new learning models.


Our work, interactions, and priorities are guided by the following core values.

  • Integrity: We do what we say we will do
  • Service: We put the needs of learners and colleagues at the heart of everything we do
  • Inclusion: We value our people and promote diversity in our teams and thinking
  • Civility: We foster an environment where people interact in a professional, competent, polite and caring manner
  • Collaboration: We believe that the best results are achieved through teamwork, sharing and open communication
  • Innovation: We promote and implement creative and responsive ideas and solutions
  • Excellence: We are committed to a high standard of work and performance
  • Strategic: We devote our efforts toward the things that matter most
  • Simplicity: We continually seek to reduce processes and procedures to create an easy user experience
  • Results: We strategically focus on outcomes and data to foster continuous improvement
  • Lifelong: We promote and practice lifelong learning
  • Tenacity: We are persistent and committed to our goals and guiding principles

Blaze Forward

Talk with Christine.

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Christine Loveless

Administrative Assistant

Email: christine.loveless@dixie.edu
Phone: 435-879-4822
Office: INNOV 190