“Online Learning at St. Thomas” will be the topic of a brown bag luncheon sponsored by President Julie Sullivan at noon Monday, Oct. 7, in 201-202 Opus Hall on the Minneapolis campus.

The discussion will center on the growth of online courses, ideas that people have about online learning and how active St. Thomas should become in developing online courses. Attendees will be asked to contribute their thoughts on questions such as: what should St. Thomas be doing in online learning?

Sullivan and Dr. Sam Levy, vice president for Information Resources and Technology, will be the hosts. Presentations will include:

• “Online Educational Delivery Models,” by Levy.

• “Fully Online Programs with Bisk Education,” by Dr. Mary Reichardt, director of online learning.

• “Faculty Development Seminars and Support,” by Dr. Ann Johnson, director of the Center for Faculty Development, and Elizabeth Smith, the center’s associate director.

• “IRT Services and Support,” by Peter Weinhold, associate director of client services in IRT and liaison to the center, and Jennifer Haas, director of client services in IRT.

There is no need to R.S.V.P. for the discussion, but participants should bring their own lunches. Cookies and beverages will be provided.

Sullivan began the luncheons to encourage discussion of important issues at St. Thomas. In September, she reviewed results from the planning and climate surveys conducted earlier this year, and more than 250 people attended the lunch.

A Nov. 4 lunch, “University and Archdiocesan Relationship,” will focus on the working relationship between St. Thomas and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including how we work together on issues directly related to our Catholic identity. Sullivan and Father John Malone, vice president for mission, will lead the discussion in Woulfe Alumni Hall.