The Centre for Distance Education Development (CDED) at the University of Maribor was established in February 1999 by the three faculties working in the field of open and distance learning (ODL). Its mission is to bring together their experiences and knowledge in the field and to provide competent consulting, technical support and guidelines for development of the ODL activities at the University of Maribor. Organisations included in CDED are the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Faculty of Organisational Sciences and the Faculty of Education and Computer Centre. Successful projects of CDED have included: the TEMPUS PHARE Joint European Project; DETECH - Development of the Department for Technology-Supported Distance Education; Video Supported Online Communities - Videoconference and Interactive User Interface Combining of Video, Powerpoint Slides and Subtitles in Slovene and English Language for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Virtual Classroom, the first virtual classroom in Slovenia, which combines interactive study material, information for students and communication tools; and Hypervideo - Interaction inside Streaming Video. Foreign partners include TELAB, TU Vienna, FORTEC, Interface Consult from Austria, Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung (GMD) and the University of Oldenburg, Germany, the University of Dundee, Scotland, the University of Oulu, Finland, Gyovik University College, Norway and the University of Bratislava, Slovakia.