Worldwide, the use of the Internet to deliver instruction has increased exponentially. Course management systems (CMS) are widely used to deliver courses completely at a distance. Implications and recommendations for higher education institutions include promoting best practices, providing functional policies and procedures centered on student learning, and providing faculty training and services to facilitate meaningful learning outcomes. The role of distance education and the specializations of experts in the field is changing. As distance education enrollment and competition increase, stakeholders will be required to have a formal knowledge in the field, and an immense understanding of using the theoretical approaches to administer distance education programs. Practitioners will need to maintain an awareness of the historical significance of distance education. They will need to provide an environment where learning thrives, is driven by pedagogy, and is fueled by innovative instructional technologies.