FAU Center for Distance Learning Research

Contact Information

Mario Toussaint, Ph.D.

Research Specialist

email: mtoussa1@fau.edu

Boca Raton Campus: Bldg 4 room 209 J

Phone: 561-297-4696


Aritra Ghosh

Graduate Research Assistant

email: aghosh2016@fau.edu

Boca Raton: Bldg 4 room 209 J

Phone: 561-297-4850

Aline Jesus Rafi, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator

email: ajesusrafi@fau.edu

Boca Raton: Bldg 4 room 209 J

Phone: 561-297-4850

Grant Opportunities

# Title and Amount Deadline Synopsis
1 Designing Innovative Lessons and Activities for Mathematics Teaching (K8).


Up to $ 15, 000.00



Nov 3rd, 2017 The purpose of this grant is to encourage teams of mathematics educators to engage in the process of writing and editing materials for mathematics teachers. The Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation sponsors this grant to support synergy of ideas. It is expected that up to two (2) new grants of $5,000 each will be funded each year. On receipt of a successful final report(s), grants may be funded at the discretion of the MET Board for a one-year extension up to two times (a maximum of $15,000 for the lifetime of any grant).
2 Wellington Management Grants


$20,000 to 75,000

June 1st, 2018 We fund programs that provide economically disadvantaged youth in our communities with access to high-quality academic education. The Foundation primarily aims to select organizations and programs that support: Academic Improvement – education tutoring and mentoring – study skills programs – technology-based initiatives Educational transitions – school readiness programs – high school access and success programs – college access and success programs Extended learning time – out-of-school-time programs – schools that operate extended hours – programs that operate within school to enhance curriculum.
3 Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE)


Amount Varies

Anytime The Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions (MSI) through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. MSIs of higher education denote institutions that have undergraduate enrollments of 50% or more (based on total student enrollment) of members of minority groups underrepresented among those holding advanced degrees in science and engineering fields: African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

Amount varies

October 25th, 2017 The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based masters and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education.
5 Department of Education


Amount varies

Mar 1st, 2018 The Institute’s purpose in awarding these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for a disability, and (2) education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education.
6 NIH Research Education Program


Amount Varies

May 24th, 2019 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25) (May 24th, 2019)

The over-arching goal of this National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on     Research Experiences and Mentoring Activities for underrepresented undergraduate freshmen and sophomores in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field, especially those fields which broadly impact bioengineering.

7 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program  (S-STEM)

Amount varies

Mar 28th, 2018 The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM.
8 NSF: Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) 


Amount Varies

Aug 8th, 2018 ].  ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.
9 NSF: Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions


Amount varies

The Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) funding opportunities support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs).  RUI proposals support PUI faculty in research that engages them in their professional field(s), builds capacity for research at their home institution, and supports the integration of research and undergraduate education.
10 Graham Foundation – Research and Development Grants


Up to 10,000

September 15th, 2017 Research and Development Grants assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. Projects must have clearly defined goals, work plans, and budgets.

Distance Learning Organizations

Organization Name Web Address
United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) https://www.usdla.org/
United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) http://www.fdla.com/
Society for Information technology and Teacher Education (SITE) http://site.aace.org/
American Distance Education Consotium (ADEC) http://adec.edu/
Educause https://www.educause.edu/
American Educational Research Association (AERA) http://www.aera.net/
Online Learning Consortium (OLC) https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/

Distance Learning Journals

Name Web Link
FDLA Journal http://nsuworks.nova.edu/fdla-journal/
Journal of Technology and teacher Education (JTATE) http://site.aace.org/pubs/jtate/
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE) http://site.aace.org/pubs/cite/
American Journal of Distance Education (AJDE) http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hajd20/current
Journal of Educators Online (JEO) https://www.thejeo.com/
Journal of Interactive Online Learning (JIOL) http://www.ncolr.org/
Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME) https://www-jime.open.ac.uk
International Journal of E-Learning and Distance Education (IJEDE) http://www.ijede.ca/index.php/jde
European Journal of Open, Distance and
E-Learning (EURODL)
International Journal of Instructional Media

Current Research Projects

  • Integrating 3D Interaction Techniques in Teaching and Learning
  • Using simulation to visualize mathematical concepts

Center for eLearning Publications

Berger, Allison & Brown Victoria. (2015). Peek into the future of education using glass. Florida Distance Learning Association Journal, 2. Available at http://www.fdla.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/GlassTechnologyArticleSubmitted.pdf

Brown, Victoria; Lewis, David & Toussaint, Mario. (Fall 2016). The redundancy effect on retention and transfer for individuals with high symptoms of ADHD.  Journal of American Academy of Special Education Professionals. Available at http://aasep.org/aasep-publications/journal-of-the-american-academy-of-special-education-professionals-jaasep/jaasep-fall-2016/the-redundancy-effect-on-retention-and-transfer-for-individuals-with-high-symptoms-of-adhd/index.html

Brown, Victoria. (2011). Changing demographics of online courses. US China Education Review, 8(4), 460-467.

Brown, Victoria & Rubin, Nancy. (2011). The ethics of Turnitin from a faculty’s perspective. National Teacher Educational Journal, 4(3), 29-36.

Brown, Victoria. (Accepted for Publication).  Technology access gap for postsecondary education: A statewide case study. Yildiz. M. N. (Ed). Promoting global competencies through media literacy. IG Global.

Golden, Julie. & Brown, Victoria. (2016). Creating holistic professional development for faculty adoption of distance learning delivery. Martin, C. & Polly, D. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Teacher Education and Professional Development. IGI-Global.

Kossey, Jeanne; Berger, Allison & Brown Victoria. (2015). Connecting to educational resources online with QR codes. Florida Distance Learning Association Journal, 2. Available at http://www.fdla.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/CONNECTING-TO-EDUCATIONAL-RESOURCES-ONLINE-WITH-QR-CODES.pdf

Toussaint, Mario & Brown, Victoria. (2016). Increasing College Students Engagement and Success Rates in Developmental Mathematics with Web-Based Technologies. In Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2016 (pp. 665-671).  Vancouver, BC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Brown, Victoria & Lewis, David., & Toussaint, Mario. (2016). Students’ perceptions of course quality across course development models. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2016 (pp. 166-171). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Price, Todd A. Big Data, Dashboards, and Data-Driven Educational Decision Making. Encyclopedia of Strategic Leadership and Management, Victor C X Wang. Chapter 35, IGI-Global, 2016.

Toussaint, Mario & Brown, Victoria. (2015). Educational video games: Impact on students’ performance in mathematics. In D. Slykhuis & G. Marks (Eds.), Paper presented at Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015.  Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). [Also, published in proceedings v. 2012, pp 2758-2762).