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We Are TLOS

Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, a unit within Virginia Tech’s Division of Information Technology, is dedicated to the advancement of teaching and learning through the thoughtful application of technology to the teaching process and learning environments.

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Our Mission

Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies improves student learning by fostering faculty digital fluency, partnering with faculty to design and develop successful digital learning experiences, and creating technology-enhanced learning environments for traditional, distance, and hybrid courses. In each of these endeavors, TLOS provides essential support, strives for inclusivity, and actively pursues opportunities for innovation.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Everything we do is designed to improve student learning.
  • We seek to understand and balance faculty needs, institutional priorities, and emerging approaches in the field of learning technologies.
  • We believe that all faculty have the potential to thrive in technology-rich environments. We inspire faculty to reach that potential by connecting them with the tools, services, and collaborators that will help them succeed.
  • We work to make our programs and services as flexible and individualized as possible.
  • In the spirit of Ut Prosim, we support activities and events that advance the mission of the university.
  • We value and apply Virginia Tech’s “Principles of Community” in all we do.
  • We measure our work and hold ourselves accountable.

How We Help

We approach our mission primarily in three ways:

Faculty
Digital Fluency

It is important that all faculty have the confidence and knowledge to thrive in technology-rich environments. We help faculty by providing training, workshops, and other learning opportunities to increase their level of technical expertise.

About NLI

(Networked Learning Initiatives)

Learning
Experience Design

We have resources that are dedicated to designing effective course curriculums that take advantage of the latest advancements in technology-enhanced pedagogies. Our teams work with faculty to help augment and redesign courses to fit this paradigm.

About LED

(Learning Experience Design)

Technology Enhanced Learning Environments

We support and prototype the integration of technology into the classroom. We also partner with faculty and staff to look at ways the university can innovate the design of classrooms and the technological capabilities of those learning spaces.

About IS

(InnovationSpace)

Our Organization

Executive Leadership

Our Executive Leadership team directs the activities and initiatives of all groups within TLOS.

Dale D. Pike

Executive Director and Associate Provost
dalepike@vt.edu
540-231-7108

Ken McCrery

Deputy Executive Director
kmccrery@vt.edu
540-231-7096

Administrative Team

These people make TLOS tick.

Judy Alford

Business Manager
judy.alford@vt.edu
540-231-2309

Kim Ervine

Fiscal Technician
kervine@vt.edu
540-231-0309

Cindy Kelley

Director of Finance and Administration
kelleycw@vt.edu
540-231-4091

Sarah Perks

Administrative Assistant
sarawp4@vt.edu
540-231-2378

Tim Chittendon

IT Project Manager
timchitt@vt.edu
540-231-6499

Departmental Groups

The following are the operational groups of TLOS and our Senior Directors.

Networked Learning Initiatives

It is important that all faculty have the confidence and knowledge to thrive in technology-rich environments. We help faculty by providing training, workshops, and other learning opportunities to increase their level of technical expertise.

Aaron Bond

Senior Director, NLI and Faculty Digital Fluency
mabond@vt.edu
540-231-1832

Learning Experience Design

We have resources that are dedicated to designing effective course curriculums that take advantage of the latest advancements in technology-enhanced pedagogies. Our teams work with faculty to help augment and redesign courses to fit this paradigm.

Lujean Baab

Senior Director, Learning Experience Design
lbaab@vt.edu
540-231-5004

Innovation Catalyst Group

We support and prototype the integration of technology into the classroom. We also partner with faculty and staff to look at ways the university can innovate the design of classrooms and the technological capabilities of those learning spaces.

Quinn Warnick

Senior Director of Academic Innovation and User Experience
qwarnick@vt.edu
540-231-8321

Assistive
Technologies

Assistive Technologies ensures that students, employees, and the general public with disabilities have appropriate technologies needed to access programs and services of the university.

Mark Nichols

Senior Director of Universal Design and Accessible Technologies
holbach@vt.edu
540-231-3461

Support
and Documentation

We provide end-user support, training, quality assurance, and documentation for several Virginia Tech enterprise systems and services which are focused on teaching and learning.

Gary Burns

Senior Director of Support Services
gburns1@vt.edu
540-231-2339

Learning
Systems Administration

LSA provides software development, application and systems administration, end-user support, training, quality assurance, and documentation for several Virginia Tech enterprise systems and services which are focused on teaching and learning.

Brian Broniak

Senior Director, Learning Systems Administration
bbroniak@vt.edu
540-231-4908

Staff Directory

For a list of all TLOS employees, please view the link below:

TLOS Staff Directory

Our History

Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, a unit within the Division of Information Technology, 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.

TLOS serves the Virginia Tech community by working with faculty to design effective learning experiences, providing training to enhance digital fluency, and fostering innovative learning environments in traditional, distance, and hybrid courses. In each of these areas, TLOS furnishes support and documentation for foundational technologies, while also offering innovation “sandboxes” for faculty and students experimenting with cutting-edge learning tools. TLOS works in close partnership with the Provost’s Office, colleges, and departments to advance all aspects of technology-enhanced learning.

Want to talk?

Contact us now to discuss how we can better serve your instructional technology needs or to discuss how our partnership opportunities may fit well with your innovative ideas.

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