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
Dr. Brown’s Blog
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 [...]
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Higher Education issued a regulation which tied an institution’s ability to offer federal financial aid to the institution authorized to teach the student. This is based upon the state where the student is attending classes. Although the regulation was vacated by a federal court ruling, the Department of Education indicated that state authorization was the state's responsibility. Institutions have already put in place process to follow the regulation. Finally, in December 2016, new federal regulations for State Authorization of Postsecondary Distance Education was issued with an effective date of July 1, 2018. To address [...]