The Center for eLearning celebrated the accomplishments of the eLearning Task Force Committee. That group published a report in 2010 which established the Center for eLearning. The task force report has guided the activities of the Center for the last seven years. The work done by the eLearning Task Force committee has led to an increase in online enrollment and degree programs offered. With many of the recommendations accomplished from the first task force report and the rapidly changing distance learning landscape, it was time for a renewal of the spirit of the task force committee to meet the new demands through a strategic plan.

The Center for eLearning Advisory Board met to review a draft of that plan on Thursday. Several big ideas emerged. One is the reorganization of the Advisory Board. The purpose of the reorganization is to promote multiple points of input from the stakeholders. This will allow more focused conversations to promote continuous improvement in our operations at the Center for eLearning. Below is an organizational chart that reflects those changes.

eLearning Task Force Committee organizational chart

Faculty expressed the need for the Center for eLearning to aid with technology and innovative teaching strategies. With so many different options for faculty, they wanted one-stop technical and instructional design assistance. All three sub-groups asked for dedicated video and audio recording space for both online and flipped classrooms. The faculty were very interested in a creator space with support for grant and research writing.

The student services group proposed a model for a culture shift at the university. The idea with the new model is not to replicate services but encourage every unit to incorporate online students’ needs into every workflow of each of the student service support units on campus. To achieve this culture shift, a liaisons model would be developed to cultivate a culture of all students that are FAU students. The liaisons primary responsibility would include staff training about online students, ensuring equivalent services for online students, and acting as a liaison to the Center for eLearning. This would replicate our successful program coordinators service for the academic departments.

The plan was approved with minor revisions. The Center for eLearning will release the final version as soon as the new recommendations are incorporated into the plan.

All of us at the Center for eLearning want to express our deep appreciation to all those that contributed ideas and assisted us in taking this next step forward!