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About Laurie Dringus

Dr. Dringus earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology, and her Ph.D. in information systems, from NSU. Dr. Dringus has taught over 150 graduate level courses online and has been involved in distance learning and online learning since 1983. She was part of the pioneering group at NSU in online learning that started in 1983. She also served as director of one of the first online master's programs at NSU established in the mid-80s. As a full-time faculty member since 1991, her research and teaching interests continue to focus on user-centered design and information systems, delivery and support of online learning environments, and computer-mediated technology and interactivity. Dr. Dringus is a member of several professional associations and presents at several associated conferences, including those sponsored by Sloan-C, AERA, ACM, and IEEE. She has authored approximately 65 articles and presentations in the area of human-computer interaction and online learning environments. Currently, her research relates to studying the effects of temporal transitions on participation flow in asynchronous discussion forums. She is also conducting research on the effective use of audio to enhance teacher presence in online discussions. Her future creative endeavors include developing new graduate courses and continuing her research in social networking, computer-mediated communication, and communities of practice. Since 1998, Dr. Dringus has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Internet and Higher Education, a refereed international journal published quarterly by Elsevier.


Present Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Engineering and Computing


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - Present Member, Online Task Force, Nova Southeastern University
2015 - Present Member, NSU Committee for Best Practices in Online Learning, Nova Southeastern University
2015 - 2016 Member, Search Committee, Founding Dean, CEC, Nova Southeastern University
2005 - 2014 GSCIS Unit Director, QEP subcommittee for SACS accreditation re-affirmation, Nova Southeastern University
2007 - 2007 Internal Review Committee (IRC) for master’s program in computing technology, Nova Southeastern University
2004 - 2005 Member, President’s Task Force on Research and Scholarship, Nova Southeastern University
1996 - 2005 Member, Faculty Research and Scholarship Committee, Nova Southeastern University
2002 - 2003 Reviewer, President’s Research and Scholarship Award, Nova Southeastern University
2000 - 2002 Member, Task Force on Online Learning, Nova Southeastern University
1998 - 1999 Strategic Planning Committee, Strategy Implementation Projects (SIPs), Nova Southeastern University
1998 - 1998 Participant, Faculty Charrette for the Strategic Plan, Nova Southeastern University
1997 - 1997 Presenter and consultant, Farquhar Center for Undergraduate Studies, Online Proj, Nova Southeastern University
1995 - 1997 Member, Faculty Advisory Group, Nova Southeastern University
1994 - 1997 Chair, Programs Working Group, SACS Subcommittee #7, Nova Southeastern University
1994 - 1997 Member, SACS Subcommittee #7, Information Technology Resources and Systems, Nova Southeastern University
1996 - 1996 Presenter, NSU Faculty Symposium, The New Learning Paradigm, Nova Southeastern University
1996 - 1996 Member, Web Coordinating Committee, Nova Southeastern University
1993 - 1996 Member, Academic Computing, Nova Southeastern University
1995 - 1995 Participant, PRIDE, Technology Charrette, Nova Southeastern University
1994 - 1995 User Interface Consultant, OPAC Library Committee, Nova Southeastern University
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1991 Ph.D., Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University
1985 M.S., Counseling Psychology, Nova Southeastern University
1982 B.S., Psychology, Nova Southeastern University

Contact Information

(954) 262-2073
(800) 986-2247 Ext. 22073


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