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eCampus Center services expand to meet the diverse needs of faculty, departments

Boise State University’s eCampus Center services, previously offered as part of the Quality Instruction Program(eQIP), are changing to better meet the needs of the campus community.  The center’s new offerings include a structured and guided approach to help faculty design online courses, and a diverse array of faculty development workshops.

Over the past several years, almost 400 faculty have partnered with the eCampus Center to either create online courses, online programs, or to learn about best practices for teaching online.

Course Design and Development

The new Course Design and Development experience is a 14-week long process that begins every seven weeks, near the beginning and middle of each semester.

The new process is a unified approach that offers the same instructional design services for all online courses. An instructional design consultant will help faculty members conceptualize, design and develop their online courses. As online learning experts, they also can suggest improvements to make the online course a positive experience for Boise State students.

Faculty should plan to spend approximately eight hours each week while designing and developing a three-credit course. Stipends may be available to compensate faculty for their time when participating in this process.

Openings are available for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. For additional details or to sign up to design and develop a course in partnership with the eCampus Center, please visit the course development page of the eCampus Center website.

Faculty Development

Several new faculty development opportunities related to online teaching and learning are available this spring, offered in a variety of formats. This spring faculty and staff are invited to participate in the following activities:

  • Teaching with Blackboard: An Introduction – This self-paced online module is designed to help faculty develop basic skills for teaching using Blackboard.
  • Introduction to Online Course Design Workshop – This facilitated four-week online workshop provides an introduction to the process for designing online courses. This workshop is scheduled March 30-April 24.
  • eCampus Teaching Online Seminar – This facilitated six-week online seminar provides an overview of the knowledge and skills needed to successfully teach an online course. The next seminar is scheduled March 9-April 24.
  • Community of Practice – This series of interactive online synchronous sessions is focused on strategies for student-to-student interaction in online courses, and runs Feb. 17-March 13.

For more information or to register for any of these activities, please visit the faculty development page on the eCampus Center website.