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Higher education is undergoing rapid change. We don’t underestimate the challenges facing higher education. We understand how declining public investment, enrollment stagnation, and changing workforce demands have affected institutions. We understand that affordability issues are an obstacle to true equality of access and opportunity. We believe the missions of universities to expand knowledge, tackle big questions, and promote civic engagement is critical to our communities, locally and globally. We believe technology is a critical tool in meeting these challenges and preserving the value of the university.
We’re intrigued by other institutions successes with large-scale and competency-based degree programs. We don’t think the MOOC is dead. We’re curious how artificial intelligence and virtual reality will change education in the future. We’re excited about the ways technology can make our spaces more accessible and inclusive.
We’re also committed to making sure best practices and strategies faculty use to cultivate knowledge and promote inquiry in the students they teach don’t get swept away in all this change. We believe pedagogy should inform the use of technology, not the other way around. We make that our number one priority when developing online and technology-enhanced courses.
We are a team of educators with skills in design, development, and technology. We keep up with the current best practices in accessibility, instructional quality, student success, and faculty satisfaction. We believe in continuing to strive to deliver high-quality learning experiences with strong student outcomes at affordable and accessible rates.
We want to work with our colleagues to solve problems, create opportunities, and engage students.
What problems do you see?
How can we help?
Monica J. Orozco
Executive Director, Online@VCU
Director of Operations
Associate Director for Organizational Effectiveness
Kathy comes to us from Little Rock, AR. Her journey to instructional design began with being a respiratory therapist and ended with a passion to make learning more engaging for the student. Kathy has taught in the classroom and online for Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff where she also became the Coordinator for Distance Learning. She went on to become the Instructional Designer for the College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Kathy has earned three Master’s degrees: Biology from the University of Central Arkansas, Adult Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University. Kathy also holds a Certificate in Online Teaching from the Online Learning Consortium.
“The only truly educated person is the one who has learned how to learn”. Carl Rogers