2015-16 Annual Report
Up 8% from FY15
There were a total of 667 sections.
STUDENT CREDIT HOURS
Up 10% from FY15
THROUGHOUT THE STATE
UAF eCampus helps Schools and Colleges serve students across the state, country and even around the world. Nanook Nation is alive and well in the Alaska communities shown here, 42 other states and 26 countries.
As one initiative to encourage student success,
eCampus covered the tuition cost for 120 summer credits.
STUDENT SUCCESS RATE
Absolute success requires a grade of C- or higher. In the past five years student success in eCampus-supported courses has increased nearly 10%.
In May, ecampus.uaf.edu was redesigned with the student experience in mind.
Each online degree program was given its own page that lists required courses, cost breakdowns and potential careers. Contact forms were implemented throughout to give users a quick, easy way to connect with UAF.
UAF TESTS PROCTORED
The eCampus Exam Center proctors tests on-site and facilitates
proctoring services around the world for students without access to campus.
To provide more tailored support for UAF’s academic departments, eCampus launched departmental iTeach workshops that focus on the specific needs of those faculty and students.
Interested in arranging one for your department? Email Madara at email@example.com.
NEW COURSES ADDED
Twenty-six additional courses
have been developed for fall 2016.
FULLY ONLINE PROGRAMS
Offerings range from occupational endorsements to graduate degrees.
BACHELOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RANKS #5
UAF’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management program was included on BestColleges.com’s list of Best Online Programs. The BEM also added concentrations in Cyber Security and Emergency Medical Management.
In partnership with Allied Health program leadership and Student Services at UAF’s Kuskokwim Campus, we launched a summer-long radio campaign highlighting a variety of online programs and resources available to students in the Bethel region.
Reaching Students by Radio
UAF eCampus provides marketing assistance to all academic departments, including the College of Rural and Community Development, which is home to the Allied Health program.
OPEN LAB HOURS
Launched in October 2015, open labs (offered at least three times a week) provide
faculty a convenient time and place to ask questions about technology and pedagogy.
To make instructors’ lives easier, eCampus created a joint calendar that features all faculty development events available to UAF instructors. This is a partnership with the Office of Faculty Development and Office of Information Technology.
UAF eCampus is now dedicated to the faculty-centered, peer review process known as Quality Matters. Three of UAF eCampus’s instructional designers are certified peer reviewers and all are trained to apply the Quality Matters rubric, supporting the continuous improvement of online and hybrid courses.
UNIQUE VISITORS TO iTeachU
HOURS OF WORKSHOPS
New workshops, called iTeach+, were developed to help instructors enhance or change their approach to face-to-face and online classes. During these 1- to 2-hour workshops instructional designers and faculty share pedagogical practices, new software applications or course-building approaches.
In the summer of 2016 instructional designers began offering five-part workshops for instructors building new online courses. For one hour a week, faculty on campus or via a Google Hangout on Air go over their syllabus, content, activities, assessments or technology tools.
Join the eCampus Google+ Faculty Development community to hear about the next Build-a-Course series and other faculty resources. Email Karina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The staff and faculty who attended these traditional iTeach workshops represented all nine Schools and Colleges.
Lasting Benefits for Faculty
- long-term equipment loans
- fee payment for further professional development
- one-on-one instructional design assistance
- software licenses relevant to their courses
- other opportunities specific to faculty needs
INNOVATIVE SALMON COURSE
Dr. Peter Westley, of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, is developing a course (first offered in spring 2016) titled Salmon & Society in which students explore the complex and sometimes contentious relationships between salmon and people. Click to read about the innovative role-playing activity he is creating.
ONLINE RESEARCH WITH LIVE MICE
Dr. Abel Bult-Ito, of the Biology & Wildlife Department, is developing a set of fully online behavioral neuroscience research lab courses using live mice — the world’s first online courses to use live animal research. These courses are available to students and professionals around the world. Take a peek inside the course!
Twelve CITE Fellows are currently working on their projects, supported by the instructional design team as well as former CITE Fellows. The total number of faculty who have participated in the program is now 21.