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About Victoria Brown

Dr. Victoria Brown is the Assistant Provost for eLearning. She is responsible for the administration of the University’s new Center for eLearning. In this capacity, Dr. Brown collaborates with FAU’s 10 colleges, as well as its schools, departments and faculty to facilitate new eLearning courses and programs, and enhance existing courses. Learn more about Dr. Brown.

Improved Communication and Better Workflow in New LMS Interfaces

As we begin to evaluate the different LMS options, take a few moments to observe some of the ways faculty can communicate with students. The communication processes within both systems gather the information across all classes. The information is fed to them in a similar way to how Facebook, LinkedIn, or Pinterest allow users to [...]

FAU Launches a Statewide Community of Practice

FAU is partnering with Florida Distance Learning Association to offer a statewide community of practice. Through this initiative, FAU will be able to join with faculty from other colleges and universities once a month to share best practices in distance learning. The first session was on accessibility and what that means in a distance learning [...]

Canvas Instructure Visit

The Canvas Instructure team also visited the campus this week. Their approach was to teach us their product. The team wanted to share with the OIT team, CeL team, and the LMS committee the clean elegant design of Canvas. If you have already requested a sandbox, the team can certainly guide you through many of [...]

Blackboard Ultra Visit

The first round of visits to FAU by the two different LMS companies began today. Blackboard team was here on Tuesday to share their product with the instructional designers, technology team and the LMS evaluation committee. The purpose is to give these groups an in-depth look at the product so those groups can answer questions [...]

Preparing to Evaluate the LMS Systems: Tips for Faculty

Evaluating Learning Management Systems (LMS) for the entire university is a difficult one. Particularly here at FAU. So many of the faculty at FAU are innovative leaders in the field of distance learning. The LMS products have many different features which may or may not be used to teach or manage a class. The use [...]

The LMS Evaluation Process at FAU

The LMS Evaluation Committee has put in many hours to prepare for the evaluation of the LMS here at FAU. The process for the evaluation was carefully designed to encourage feedback from faculty and students. As a result we will have several steps in this process. This week, both Blackboard Ultra and Canvas Instucture will [...]

Center for eLearning Announces Awards for Excellence in Online

Do you know a faculty member, department chair or others that has been a champion of distance learning? Now is the time to recognize their efforts! The Center for eLearning has developed three awards for excellence that will be presented at the Technology Showcase, April 9th.  The first award is the eLearning Leadership Award designed [...]

Congratulations to the Following Colleges on Excellent Ranking for Best Online

The 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs Rankings were released last week. The College of Business Masters Non-MBA program ranked 26 tied with Michigan State. Also, from the College of Business is the online MBA program with a rank of 100. The College of Nursing ranked at 42nd in the nation for the College [...]

FAU Launches Learning Management Exploratory Committee

The BOG Learning Management System (LMS) Committee has selected the state sponsored LMS. The committee evaluated three systems: Desire2Learn, Blackboard, and Canvas/Infrastructure. January 6th, the state published a letter of Intent to Award for Canvas/Infrastructure. Please remember this is an opt-in agreement. The goal of this project was to obtain a favorable price for an [...]

State Approves Online Strategic Plan for 2025

On November 4, 2015, the Board of Governors approved the Online Education 2025 Strategic Plan. The plan covers three areas: quality, access, and affordability. The plan has 9 goals, 15 strategies, and 49 tactics to achieve the 18 performance indicators. The numbers are impressive. By 2025, the Board of Governors expects 3.48 million undergraduate course [...]