Distance Education

Distance Education


Director of Online & Distance Education:

 Dr. Shirley Brown

 Associate Vice Provost of Online Initiatives/ Distance Education,

Professor of Sociology, Discipline Coordinator, & Chair of the Graduate School Social Justice Program

Email:  sbrown@dogsforsaleinlebanon.com

Click here to view our Manual Addendum to Fisk Distance Education Policies 

Distance Learning Issue Report  SARA Complaint Language Fisk Curricular Guidelines to Determining Credit Hours

Offered Online Programs:

Human Development & Leadership Concentration (Bachelors of Science)   Healthcare Management(Masters of Art) Online Program

Fisk University is an institutional participant in the SARA initiative. SARA is called the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements; it is the voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of distance education. Fisk University is listed on the website at (www.nc-sara.org). Fisk University is now legally authorized to provide fully online programs. SARA provides an opportunity for institutions to obtain authorization to provide postsecondary distance education in states that join. These benefits are resulting in increased access as institutions like Fisk University can make their academic programs more widely available and accept enrollments from students in many other states.

Faculty Online Development Training

The Online Initiatives/Distance Education Department offers continual training to faculty students and staff on how to develop online courses (blended/hybrid and fully online), how to navigate Canvas (LMS) and provide faculty development workshops on the Best practices and online pedagogies for the online community.


Objective 1: Provide faculty training on the navigation process of Canvas (LMS).

Objective 2:  Train faculty to incorporate effective technology tools and best practices in online delivery.

Objective 3:  Provide training for blended/hybrid and fully online course development and implementation.

Objective 4: Encourage faculty through emails with support of the Provost to create and implement hybrid/blended and fully online courses using. Canvas.

Objective 5:  Collaborate with the Information Technology Services department to ensure that phone help and technology services are available for technical issues students and faculty may encounter daily.

Objective 6:  Develop a business plan for hybrid/blended and fully online courses.

Objective 7:  Attend   1-2 Online Learning Consortium conference annually   to learn more about effective technologies for online delivery.