On July 1, 2013 Virginia Tech launched TLOS — an exciting new organization to support technology-enhanced teaching and learning in many environments — from real to virtual. TLOS emerges from the redesign and restructuring of award-winning entities, known previously as Learning Technologies and the Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning. Today TLOS, short for Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, is re-aligning to meet Virginia Tech’s aims as a networked university (A Plan for New Horizon, 2012 – 2018). During the transition and start-up period over the fall semester, all services and support provided by both former organizations will continue, even as new offerings surface.
TLOS leverages an array of activities, services, and leadership in online programs and technology-enhanced learning already in place at the university. Using strategically focused, existing resources, Virginia Tech aims to significantly benefit student learning with a range of high caliber, technology-enabled programs and activities. In other words, TLOS will work across the university to incentivize and support highly effective distance learning programs, online content for on-campus courses, and hybrid courses.
TLOS is a part of the Information Technology (IT) organization; TLOS will work in close partnership with the Provost’s office and have a seat on the Academic Council; TLOS will collaborate with colleges and departments on advancing technology-enhanced learning. A national search for the Executive Director for Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) will begin August 1, with aims to have new leadership in place by January 1, 2014.
Marketing, admissions, registration, and related functions for distance learning students are now part of the Office of Enrollment and Degree Management.
More information and plans for the future of this exciting new venture will be coming soon.