Karen Vignare, PhD, an innovator in curriculum design and the use of technology in learning, is vice provost and head of CILSS at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
She has been involved in online learning for more than 15 years. Her research has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and USAID, and she has published and presented on topics ranging from international education and knowledge organization to evaluation and assessment of learning, online learning, and blended learning.
Before coming to UMUC in June 2013, Vignare was director of project design and implementation at Michigan State University’s MSUglobal, where she focused on the use of open educational resources and competency-based approaches in international education, training, and development.
Vignare earned a PhD in Computer Technology and Education from Nova Southeastern University, an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester in New York, and a BS in Political Science and Economics from Frostburg State University in Maryland.