E-Campus Faculty and Staff FAQ

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Where can I get assistance with an E-Campus team member?

You can reach us by email at ecampushelp@miamioh.edu, by phone at 513.217.4003, or you are welcome to visit our E-Campus Solutions Center (MOS 532A) at MUH or MUM Solutions Office (THH 103A). To see a complete listing of our team, visit our Regional E-Campus Staff Page.

How do I get started with teaching online with E-Campus?

Teaching online with Miami Regionals E-Campus is an exciting opportunity to stretch your teaching muscles in a new environment. After a discussion and approval from your department chair, please connect with us to begin your journey as an online educator, visit our Start Teaching Online w/ MU Regionals Page.

How do I get started with developing an Online or Hybrid Course with E-Campus?

E-Campus is rapidly growing in response to student demands to include more programs, courses, and cover a broader curriculum in an effort to serve the interests and demands of today’s college students that need access to learning in a flexible format. Faculty members, collaborative groups of faculty, and Miami Regionals departments are all partnering with E-Campus to author brand new courses for online delivery. Along with E-Campus Instructional Designers, the Course Author(s) envision, plan, design, and create a new course to be offered through E-Campus. If you are interested in developing a course with E-Campus, visit our Course Development Page.

We have increased interest and demand from Miami students that need online courses that focus on the following priority areas:

  • Meets Miami Plan Requirement(s)
  • Meets Thematic Sequence Requirement(s)
  • Upper-Level Courses (300-400's)

How do I get started with E2 (Course Planning) and/or E3 (Course Design) online course development sessions?

  • The E2 course planning development session (up to 8-weeks) is scheduled each time a course is approved for the transition to an online (or hybrid) delivery format. The faculty or staff course author will collaborate with the regional department colleagues and an experienced E-Campus instructional designer. The planning objective is to develop a comprehensive, high-quality course plan that is ready for design in the learning management system. For more information about our E2 Course Planning process, visit our E2 Course Planning page.
  • The E3 course design session (up to 8-weeks) is scheduled each time a course is approved for the transition to a hybrid or online delivery format. The design objective is the implementation of a compliant, accessible, and high-quality course that is ready for online/hybrid instruction. For more information about our E3 Course Design process, visit our E3 Course Design page.

What are the online course development cohort dates for E2 (Course Planning) and E3 (Course Design)?

Online Course Development Schedule: E2 (Course Planning) and E3 (Course Design)
Cohort Start Dates E2 and E3 Approved Applications Cohort Engagement Period Cohort Completion Dates
August Cohort July 1 August - September (8 weeks) September 29
October Cohort September 1 October - November (8 weeks) November 30
February Cohort January 1 February - March (8 weeks) March 31
April Cohort March 1 April - May (8 weeks) May 31
For more information about our E2 Course Planning process, visit our E2 Course Planning page.
For more information about our E3 Course Design process, visit our E3 Course Design page.

How do I get started with a Course Refresh to provide major updates and revisions to a previously designed online course?

The Course refresh session is scheduled when a current online course is ready for extensive updates or upgrades to instructional approach, content, technology, engagement, etc. On average, online classes should be reviewed every 3 years to determine if there are course elements that would benefit from a course review. The design refresh objective is to identify and implement timely course updates that support the continuous improvement of a compliant, accessible and high-quality course to advance online/hybrid instruction. For more information about our Course Refresh process, visit our Course Refresh Page.

How do I locate the dates for the Regionals E-Campus Online Master Course Content Push Schedules?

To view the schedule for course push dates, visit our Regionals E-Campus Online Master Course Push Schedule Page. This page has helpful information for course authors and stewards to ensure edits are ready before the online course content is pushed. It is also useful for current instructors to know when to expect the online course content to be loaded into current sections.

What are the differences between teaching online and face-to-face courses?

It's true that there are many similarities between face-to-face (F2F) and online courses. However, there are some differences that we should keep in mind when teaching online. For example: In the online environment, the vast majority of communication from student-to-instructor and student-to-student involves non-verbal asynchronous correspondence largely in the form of email, instant messages, video and audio messages, discussion forums, and reflections. While different from a face-to-face course which also involves more in-person dialogue and conversations, an advantage of an online course is that you can generally communicate more ideas as well as clear, comprehensive messaging given that students may view, reread and review again and again. In a face-to-face course, students may have only had that one time to review what was said during class. To learn more about these differences (and other quick tips for teaching online), visit our "Differences Between Teaching Online and Face-to-Face Courses" article on our E-Campus News page.

How do I get help with Canvas and other campus technology systems?

Miami University Regionals E-Campus offers many exciting technological tools to help bring your pedagogical expertise to the online environment. If you have questions about how to use a specific Canvas feature, or how to meet virtually with your students using WebEx, our E-Campus Get Help with Canvas & Campus Systems page has the answer!

Why are online learning opportunities so important for students?

Online courses provide several advantages that offer all students, including non-traditional students such as full-time employees, caregivers, and persons with disabilities, an opportunity to pursue an education pathway that may not otherwise be possible. Because of these advantages, learners can further their education without needing to sacrifice other important areas of their life. They can also learn in a way that is most successful for them - all while maintaining access to the rich rigor and experiences attributed to a Miami University educational experience.

Why is the online course maximum capacity set at 25 students?

E-Campus has worked with MUR leadership to review current research on online learning and student learning outcomes. In that review, it was determined that online courses limited to 20-30 students per online instructor provide the best foundation for a successful online learning and online teaching experience.

  • In traditional, face-to-face courses instructors are able to communicate all at once, synchronously with all students at one specific time. This one-to-many approach can help accommodate a larger number of seated participants as they work through the course material at the same time.
  • In online learning courses, instructors spend more time communicating with individual students, asynchronously or synchronously, as needed across time. As an online instructor, you'll be spending more of your time monitoring the course, giving feedback, and communicating with your students individually than you might in a traditional class to build a sense of online community. Building a sense of community in online courses is key to learner success and easier to do in smaller groups. Having that online community encourages students to participate more with one another and the instructor. An instructor has more time for individualized feedback with a smaller group of students which also helps to give students a sense of the person behind the screen. Students in smaller online classes participate more in learning activities and with their peers, encouraging social presence in the course.

Where can I find information about faculty stipends?

Visit our Faculty Stipend FAQ page for the answers to all of your faculty stipend questions.