Review this section to learn more about the characteristics and definitions of online education, the vision and mission of the eCampus Center, support and services available, and important contacts. To download a copy of this content see About eCampus (Google Doc – must be logged in to employee account).
Online Education Characteristics
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008) provides further definition of online education.
- It is education that “uses one or more” technologies—”(i) the Internet; (ii) one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices; (iii) audio conferencing; (iv) video cassettes, DVDs, and CD–ROMs, if the cassettes, DVDs, or CD– ROMs are used in a course in conjunction with any of the technologies listed in clauses (i) through (iii).”
- It delivers “instruction to students who are separated from the instructor.”
- It supports “regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor, synchronously or asynchronously” (Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008, emphasis added).
eCampus and Online Education at Boise State
At Boise State, eCampus is the term used to categorize instruction where an academic class/program is “delivered” using technology to bridge a location difference or distance between the instructor and student for most or all of the class. The eCampus tagline of “We Bring the Blue to You” means that we bring “The Blue” to our students who choose to learn online by giving them a sense of community, respect, passion, and quality through online learning. Instructors who teach eCampus courses achieve regular and substantive interaction through a combination of asynchronous and synchronous activities.
Synchronous and Asynchronous Activities
Asynchronous activities are not “real-time” while synchronous activities are in “real-time.” Students expect asynchronous activities while enrolled in an online classes. If your course has synchronous activities, contact the eCampus Center and we will add a class note in the class registration system so students are properly forewarned.
Examples of asynchronous activities:
- Posting to a discussion board
- Reading or sending emails
- Watching an online video
- Listening to a recorded lecture
- Taking a quiz online
- Uploading assignments
Examples of synchronous activities:
- Chatting online with students or faculty
- Participating in a video conference
- Taking a proctored exam
- Attending an in-person lab session
NWCCU Standards Applicable to Online Education
Institutions accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) are expected to follow the Standards for Accreditation found at www.nwccu.org. Several standards pertain to the administration, development, and delivery of online education. In particular, several standards speak of programs and courses “wherever offered and however delivered.” (Updated 2010 by NWCCU)
The Boise State eCampus Center is a unit within the Division of Extended Studies, located at 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd, Boise, ID 83706 in the Ron and Linda Yanke Family Research Park.
Vision and Mission
The eCampus Center is the innovative leader in creating, delivering, and supporting outstanding online higher education experience
eCampus Center Support and Services
All online education at Boise State is offered in collaboration with academic departments through the Boise State eCampus. The eCampus Center provides administrative support for fully online courses and programs, professional development for online faculty, and online student support services.