Faculty and Staff
Laurie P. Dringus, Ph.D.
(954) 262-2073 - (800) 986-2247 x22073
Research Areas: Human-computer interaction, group support systems, usability engineering, online learning environments, learning theory, distance learning.
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.