Reflecting on 30 years of distance and online education

Heidi Olson managed paper-based correspondence courses in the ’80s, supported UAF’s first online offerings in the late ’90s, and has handled thousands of online courses since. She retired last week. Read her reflections on these changes over time and advice on giving students the best possible learning experience.

Course Showcase

Course SpotlightsThe Course Spotlights below are recordings from 2020-2021 of visual tours by selected instructors of their online courses with further discussions of teaching practice with topics ranging from organize course materials, manage assessments to...

Cancel your final

Give everyone a break from the stress of traditional finals and infuse a new sense of purpose in your final assessment with these suggestions for alternative final assessments.

Facilitate active learning online

We learn better when we are involved in constructing our own knowledge. Some of us know this from experience — it’s why we do research, why we collaborate, why we ask our kids questions when we read to them. But this is also a finding backed by decades of...

Explore hybrid course design

Asynchronous online and face-to-face are the most familiar modes of course delivery but you may want to consider a hybrid delivery model to meet student or program needs.

Practice object-based teaching

Though I’ve long practiced the technique of Object-Based Teaching (OBT) in face-to-face and online classrooms alike, I’d never really looked into the scholarship behind it until recently. I’d also not really considered the pedagogical principles behind it, nor whether my pedagogy needed any scrutiny and modification. It turns out that there were some aspects of my practice I needed to modify.

Quality Courses

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Quality Courses Content, Presence, Engagement What is a quality course? A quality online course utilizes a variety of instructional strategies to...

Active Learning

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Active Learning Engaging students with material through activities in addition to lecture.     What is It? Teaching for active learning is an...

Calendars and Schedules

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Calendars & Schedules Helping students stay on track  What are Calendars & Schedules? Sometimes the terms “course calendar”...

Media Studio

UAF eCampus Media Production Studio UAF eCampus jointly manages a production studio located at 375a Rasmuson Library. This facility is available to faculty teaching eCampus-supported courses who are interested in increasing their course production values and their own...

Accessibility

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Accessibility Make your course work for everyone. Accessibility is defined by Microsoft in their Inclusive Design Manual as “the qualities that...

Quality Matters

Quality Matters A faculty-centered process designed to certify the quality of online courses QM ResourcesWhy QM Quality Matters Developing and recognizing quality online courses and programs.   Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized peer review process for...

Quizzes, Tests, Pools and Surveys

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Quizzes, Tests, and Surveys A classic tool of assessment. What is it? Tests  and quizzes can be used on a module (or lesson) basis or to serve as...

Encourage your students to step into the zone

Today’s teachers face a critical challenge deciding when and how to make use of technology in their classroom, whether they are supplementing a classroom experience or leading a flipped, hybrid, or fully online course. UAF eCampus’s team of instructional designers exists to help with this (https://iteachu.uaf.edu/events/), but each of us is always our own design staff.

Motivating students to connect with course content

Getting the busy student to prepare for class prior to trying to do course work is difficult at best. This tip delves into this problem and provides a few recommendations for faculty to try. Should you feel your students need this type of encouragement, look to a model that places content right at hand to how most students tend to approach learning and participating in a course.

Blackboard Assignments

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Blackboard  Assignments A learning management system feature for assessment. What are  Blackboard Assignments? Blackboard is a Learning Management...

UAF eCampus Owner’s Manual

Owner’s Manual This is a UAF-specific guide to creating your online course. 1. Before You Start Contact UAF eCampus for Assistance UAF eCampus131 BunnellPO BOX 756700Fairbanks AK 99775-6700907.455.2060 – 800.227.8060uaf-ecampus@alaska.edu Learning...

Instructor Presence

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Instructor Presence Engage students and share your expertise by being present in your course.   What is instructor presence? Your presence is a...

Helpful Templates and Tutorials for UAF Faculty

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Helpful Templates and Documents for UAF Faculty Starting the course design process from scratch can be difficult and overwhelming. Luckily there...

Logistics of Teaching

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Logistics of Teaching Building a framework to support your pedagogy What are the logistics of teaching? While tackling the content & concept...

Showcase Open Courses: Online Learning in Practice @ UAF

Explore Open Courses @ UAF. Check out what other instructors are doing to build dynamic learning experiences for UAF students. Have questions?  Contact us. Academic WritingThis “Academic Writing About Science & Technology” (ENGL-213) course, taught by...

Learner Reflection

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Learner Reflection Learning experience, real-world relevance or meta-reflection What is It? Reflection is an essential part of learning. It...

Student Engagement

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Student Engagement Building opportunities for students to engage and find academic success What is It? Student engagement happens in the present...

Effective Syllabus

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary The Effective Syllabus Engaging students and communicating content. What is an Effective Syllabus? An effective syllabus is one that clearly...

Creating significant learning experiences

Our purpose as instructors is to facilitate new student understandings. But, what are understandings? Are there different kinds? It seems they can be simple, such as remembering the elements of the periodic table, or extremely complex, such as discovering new knowledge about oneself and one’s relationship with the world.

Lying, deceit and effective teaching

The subject of the lie has been pondered, defined and debated over centuries, across cultures and in various situations. Lies come in many forms, some harmless, others pernicious. Is there any place for lies in the classroom? You may wish to consider these examples before reflecting on that.

Mobile Design Testing

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Mobile Design Testing Mobile testing should begin fairly soon to catch problems early on.   What is Mobile Design Testing? If you are designing...

Game Mechanics

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Gaming Mechanics The constraints and supports which promote play, fairness and engagement. Hopefully.   What are they? Game Mechanics can help...

Student Publication

Pedagogy Resources The eCampus collection dedicated to thoughtful teaching practice All Pedagogy TopicsReference Glossary Student Publication Sharing understanding and connecting to a wider context   What is Student Publication? We all want our students to effectively...