Karen Vignare, PhD

Karen VignareKaren Vignare, PhD, serves as vice provost for the Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success (CILSS), the research and development arm of the academic organization at University of Maryland University College (UMUC). She leads the search for and evaluation of next generation learning models and is responsible for identifying innovations and collaboratively implementing them with core teams at UMUC. Areas of experimentation include adaptive learning, onboarding, prior learning, course design, analytics, e-resources, open educational resources, instructional design changes, and competency-based models.

She has been part of the online learning field for more than 15 years. Before coming to UMUC in June 2013, Vignare was director of project design and implementation at Michigan State University's MSUglobal. She has published research on online learning in areas such as business models, serving special populations, open education, blended learning, corporate training, and data organization. Vignare has a PhD from Nova Southeastern University and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School.