DAVIE, Fla. -

The board that oversees Florida's public universities is examining ways to expand online learning.

The Board of Governors Strategic Planning Committee focused on four options during a meeting Monday in Davie.

The panel directed State University System staffers to do further research on combining two options. Those are collaboration among multiple universities and letting one school take the lead in developing online courses for the system.

The committee also plans to continue discussion of creating a new online university.

The fourth option is for each school to continue developing its own online programs.

State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan said Florida already is a major contributor to online learning but needs to organize its efforts to get a maximum return on that investment in the future.