Online classes offer the flexibility many students need in order to take college courses. However, teaching in the online environment requires new approaches and techniques. That’s why Boise State offers comprehensive resources and professional development to enable quality online education.
The eCampus Center offers expert consultation and support in the design, development, and delivery of online courses and programs through the eCampus Quality Instruction Program (eQIP). Participation is open to all Boise State instructors — adjuncts, lecturers, or tenure-track faculty — who are approved by their academic departments and colleges.
Keep reading to learn more about the following:
- eCampus Course Design and Development Seminar
- eCampus Facilitated Course Development
- eCampus Teaching Online Seminar
- Quality Matters™ Peer Reviews
Components of eQIP
The eCampus Course Design and Development Seminar (eCD2S) is a 12-week professional development Seminar in which faculty design and develop an online course that is of strategic importance to their department/college. The eCampus Center provides instruction and expert consultation on the design strategies and technologies that faculty can use to build a high-quality online course.
The eCampus Course Design Phase (eCD) is an 8-week development phase in which faculty collaborate with instructional design consultants to develop a course. This course development phase is for faculty that have already completed the 12-week seminar and know how to follow the course design process the eCampus Center uses to design and develop online courses.
The eCampus Teaching Online Seminar (eTOS) is a 6-week professional development seminar that provides an overview of the key knowledge and skills faculty need to successfully teach an online course. The seminar is for faculty who currently teach or are preparing to teach a previously developed online course. Boise State faculty with years of experience in teaching online lend their expertise as co-facilitators. This seminar is focused on “best practices” for effectively teaching an online course that has already been developed. Although this seminar does not cover how to design and develop an online course, it does include hands-on exercises to help participants develop skills in delivering a course via the Blackboard course management system.
A Quality Matters ™ Peer Review is conducted on all courses that are developed through the eCampus Quality Instruction Program components. For each peer review, three Boise State faculty conduct an in-depth evaluation based on nationally recognized course standards for online course design defined by the Quality Matters program. Boise State faculty that would like to participate as peer reviewers may receive training through the eCampus Center in how to evaluate online courses using the Quality Matters standards.
With the exception of self-support and grant-funded programs, participation is generally supported financially by eCampus Center funding to the participant or academic department. Stipends are paid either directly to participants or to their academic departments to partially offset the cost of offering lecturers or tenure-track faculty reduced workloads. All financial support is paid after participants successfully complete the eQIP program component in which they are enrolled.
Upcoming professional development offerings are listed on the eQIP Schedule.
eQIP PURPOSE AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Partnership. The eCampus Quality Instruction Program is a collaborative partnership between the eCampus Center (in the Division of Extended Studies) and the academic departments and colleges.
Support. The eCampus Quality Instruction Program is intended to be a full-featured professional development and support system for faculty who teach online and their academic departments. We want to ensure that all faculty have the tools and assistance to be successful in their online teaching experiences.
Quality. The principles of partnership and support lead to improved student learning by providing academic departments the specific tools and resources they need to design and develop high-quality online courses.
Visit the Faculty Perspectives page to read comments from past participants in the eCampus Quality Instruction Program.