Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies was created in 2013 as a result of the redesign and restructuring of Virginia Tech’s award-winning entities previously known as Learning Technologies and the Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning. Dale D. Pike assumed leadership of TLOS as its first executive director in 2014.
During the following years, TLOS led major initiatives to replace the university’s learning management system, modernize platforms for video streaming and storage, strengthen faculty grant offerings for online and hybrid instruction, and explore emerging practices including learning data analytics and adaptive learning. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed TLOS into a greatly expanded role of supporting all instructional faculty in their use of digital learning tools and methodologies.
In early 2022, a Flexible/Online Learning Working Group, co-chaired by Pike and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Rachel Holloway, was charged by Provost Cyril Clarke with assessing the current state of online and distance learning at Virginia Tech and recommending actions to advance the university’s strategic plans. The working group’s visioning process led to a reorganization and realignment of TLOS as a unit in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, with Pike promoted to the role of Associate Vice Provost for Technology-Enhanced Learning.
TLOS serves the Virginia Tech community by partnering with colleges and departments to develop effective digital learning experiences, providing professional development opportunities for all instructional faculty, designing cutting-edge learning environments, and fostering a culture of accessibility and universal design for learning. In each of these areas, TLOS furnishes support and documentation for foundational technologies, while also exploring, evaluating, and piloting emerging technologies.