Dr. Victoria Brown
Assistant Provost for eLearning
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. She also oversees instructional technology, including training, supporting, and assisting faculty and staff who utilize eLearning, as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the new center. Dr. Brown also works directly with the Provost to implement FAU’s academic and technological strategic vision.
Dr. Brown comes from the College of Education the Department of Teaching and Learning here at FAU. She taught instructional technology for educators and business trainers for ten years. She has previously managed instructional design teams and possesses more than a decade of experience teaching through online delivery systems. Prior to coming to FAU in 2005, Dr. Brown held the position of Assistant Professor at Barry University. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Missouri State University and her doctorate from the University of West Florida.
Dr. Brown’s email address is email@example.com
Dr. Brown’s Blog
Engagement in courses is very important to online students. By ensuring engagement in the course, the students become connected to their fellow classmates and the instructor. Engagement is so important to students, they will rate the quality of the course based on their impression of the sense of community that was built into the courses and the interaction with the instructional content. Students are looking for ways to feel connected that go beyond answering questions in the discussion board. Planning group projects and authentic assessments are good tools for engaging students. Providing high-quality feedback in a timely manner allows the [...]
With the cost of textbooks continuing to rise, postsecondary institutions are looking for alternative ways to put course materials into the hands of students. From the desire to ease a portion of the financial burden for students a movement was born, Open Educational Resources (OER). OER involves using readily accessible materials from the Internet or the library which are free to the students in place of textbooks. During the fall semester, the Center for eLearning in partnership with FAU Libraries will be launching an awareness campaign. The University of Central Florida has implemented OER so their team came to FAU [...]
At the Center for eLearning, we are constantly asking the question: How can we reach out to our online students to ensure they feel connected with FAU? As a possible answer to this question, Facebook has added Facebook Live to their suite of tools. With the assistance of BSM Media, Inc., the Center for eLearning participated in our first Facebook Live media event with great success. With a smartphone, we broadcasted a live discussion about distance learning. Dr. Victoria Brown was interviewed by Maria Bailey the host for the Mom Talk Radio and CEO of BSM Media to discuss facts [...]
Bringing a course online is a big decision. At FAU, quality is important. For this reason, our courses go beyond a posting of lecture notes. The Center for eLearning provides extensive support for faculty to reimagine their classes. To support faculty through the process, an instructional designer is assigned, who walks beside the faculty member as the course is developed. Within the courses, are opportunities to for faculty to interact with students, for students to engage with each other, and for students to grow professionally. Every course developed at the Center goes through a peer review process to ensure quality in [...]
The Center for eLearning believes protecting the academic integrity of our courses is important. Because of this concern, FAU uses several approaches to ensure the students are following FAU’s Honor Code. Academic integrity is one of the first considerations in the course design process. Engagement with students is integral in preventing plagiarism and cheating. When students know faculty are grading and providing feedback, the chances of the faculty identifying a problem with students’ work increases. To ensure the integrity of a test, the Center for eLearning has also purchased several products and provides testing support services to assist the faculty [...]