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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Now that the hurricane has passed, the Center for eLearning has suggestions to reduce anxiety and stress of the online students. Be aware that online students may be displaced and/or without access to power or the internet Encourage students who have access to check-in Reassure the students that you are aware of the power outages and potentially stressful situations Put together a communication plan to message changes in due dates Use announcement tools for overall class messages Use a Q & A discussion board to promote consistent messaging and answer the question on time Be flexible about group participation Communicate daily [...]
Management of distance learning classes is one more item for you to consider as Hurricane Irma impacts Florida in the upcoming week. Canvas will continue to be available throughout the storm because all the information is on emergency backup servers. Please remember that students from out-of-state will be able to continue to access your course and may be wondering what to do. Below are good tips for managing an online class through a hurricane. Be proactive by sending an email before the storm hits to let students know about the plan for assignments due during the next 5-7 days. This [...]
On Wednesday, the 2025 Online Plan Steering Committee met with the Implementation committee to discuss moving forward on the plan. Several decisions were made on several of the tactics within the plan. Some of which will have an impact here at FAU. The first of the topics that were moved forward was the idea of quality and high-quality courses. At the quality level, each university is going to be able to use their own institutional rubric or the QM rubric for an internal review to receive a rating of quality. For FAU, the peer review rubric will work. Courses with [...]
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 [...]