Support students’ basic needs

If we learned anything this summer, it’s that working under conditions of uncertainty and crisis makes it hard to get the work done. This is equally true for students, and it is true at the macro-level of statewide budgeting as well as the micro-level of individual...

iTeachU relaunches with more services for faculty

Are you working on a new course, an assignment, or a teaching idea and need a place to start? Start at iTeachU, UAF eCampus’s online headquarters for all your questions about course design. Learn on your own with our Pedagogy Resources, featuring tips and deep dives on course design, technology concepts, examples, links, and more.

Our Services

ALL FACULTY SERVICES Our Faculty Support Team Serves All UAF Faculty We provide a wide range of services for individual faculty, including adjuncts and TAs, but we also provide support for entire Programs. The goal of our Faculty Support Team is to provide...

Take advantage of faculty support opportunities

UAF eCampus is a support unit that provides development opportunities to all UAF faculty. The newest opportunities include open labs and topic-specific workshops. Instructional designers continue to offer consultations and support faculty-driven discussions on pedagogy and/or technology.

Teaching as mentoring

How do you guide your students not only through course material, but through navigating the university, their professional ambitions, a balance between personal and academic lives? This is the work of the teacher-as-mentor.

Quality Matters Resources

Quality Matters Prepare your course for Quality Matters Certification Quality Matters (QM) Resources The UAF eCampus Design team has developed this website in order to support inventive, engaging, and high quality teaching and learning. Toward the same end, the design...

Logistics of Teaching

Pedagogy Resources UAF eCampus's Collection of Resources for Building Better Courses eCampus HelpTeaching Resources Logistics of Teaching Building a framework to support your pedagogy What are the logistics of teaching? While tackling the content & concept side of...

Effective Syllabus

Pedagogy Resources UAF eCampus's Collection of Resources for Building Better Courses eCampus HelpTeaching Resources The Effective Syllabus Engaging students and communicating content. What is an Effective Syllabus? An effective syllabus is one that clearly outlines a...


eCampus Glossary A selection of words and phrases commonly used in online education.  A  B  C  D  E   F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z A Accessibility The inclusive practice of designing content to be usable for people with disabilities....

Effective syllabi – tips for success

As you prepare your syllabus for Summer or Fall semesters, why not give it a thorough critical look-through to make sure it looks great, functions well, that it meets all UAF requirements, and, for eCampus-supported courses, that it has all of the components helpful for the online student that are included in the syllabus template your instructional designer provides.

Instructional Continuity

Instructional Continuity The continuation of academic services at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is happening through online modalities. Below are resources that may assist you in the transition. Please note that any face-to-face course moving online needs to...

Find and create media for your course

In the online learning environment, instructional videos can go a long way in enhancing student understanding, building community, and creating lasting learning experiences. There is no shortage of research pointing to the impact of educational media (Hibbert, 2014...

Use Zoom videoconferencing in your courses

Many UAF instructors rely on Google Hangouts or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to facilitate synchronous sessions in their courses. There’s a new tool on the block: Zoom Meetings. Let’s run through what can be accomplished by meeting in Zoom, the new videoconferencing...

What is an instructional designer?

Instructional designers are masters in the science and art of education. When faced with teaching and learning challenges, we know why a particular design choice makes the most sense. We also know that we are not an expert in your discipline. You are.

Creating your own course videos

While instructor-created video can greatly enhance the quality of a course, it can be intimidating to take the leap. Here are some tips from an experienced faculty member and media professional to help you get started.

How course design can help students succeed

You may or may not know about all of the challenges your students are facing. The pedagogical framework of Universal Design for Learning can help accommodate these needs and provide more flexibility while maintaining academic rigor.

Sharing the responsibility of accessibility

If you are teaching an online course at UAF, you have a clear support structure to provide reasonable accommodations for students. Here, UAF eCampus and UAF Disability Services detail available resources and the responsibilities that are shared with instructors.

Quality Courses

Pedagogy Resources UAF eCampus's Collection of Resources for Building Better Courses eCampus HelpTeaching Resources Quality Courses Content, Presence, Engagement What is a quality course? A quality online course utilizes a variety of instructional strategies to guide...

Our journey with Quality Matters

UAF’s Master of Education in Special Education program became the first online special education program in the nation to earn the Quality Matters’ Online Program Design Certification. Here’s how they did it and how you can earn Quality Matters certifications for your course or program.

Create mobile-friendly content

Instructors find that more students are using mobile devices to access course content. Following a few considerations for creating mobile-friendly content will not only benefit those who use their phone or tablet for reading, discussing and doing, but is good for universal design for all users.

Designing your effective library resources assignment

Most faculty would like their students to use reliable, scholarly journal articles and high quality book chapters as sources when writing term papers, but some students don’t know how to find them. Even after successfully passing the required LS101 course, if students don’t regularly practice searching library databases and using quality sources, they forget how and where to search for peer-reviewed articles. By including some fundamental information and specific requirements in your term paper assignment, you can help students improve the quality of their written work. The following 4 suggestions can ensure that students select better quality content for your term paper or other written assignment.

1. Determine which skills you want your student to learn

Stating the purpose of your research paper, including the specific activities you want students to perform, helps students understand why you are requiring certain types of resources. For example, if you don’t allow popular magazines or books as sources, give them a short explanation of why.

Try Voice-to-text Apps for Audio Transcription

Audio transcription tools enable listeners to give their undivided attention to a speaker and free up hands and eyes from note taking. These apps can help to foster a more engaging group dynamic in the moment and are becoming both more precise and affordable thanks to the advancement of voice-to-text technology.

Free online resources for professional development

Many of us don’t have the luxury of attending software training workshops or classes to learn how to use products like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel. Having access to just–in–time training is really important in helping us get our jobs done. Finding reliable resources to help learn to use software and technology in your teaching and learning can sometimes be a challenge.

Advanced Collaboration in GAFE

Alternative Uses Activity Based on an activity designed by J.P. Guilford in 1967, this activity is meant to exercise creativity (old idea, see what I did there?). Activity: In 2 minutes imagine as many new uses for an everyday object (provided) by exploring beyond...