Since 2012, the eAcademy has supported the growth of eLearning at Sacramento State by offering faculty members the opportunity to participate in a semester-long program to develop high quality hybrid or fully online courses. With assistance from instructional designers, technology consultants, and faculty mentors, participants attend a coordinated series of workshops to examine teaching strategies and create course materials to adapt existing course designs for digital spaces.
Following a semester of guided development, faculty members receive support from instructional designers to complete and deliver revised hybrid or online courses. After completing the eAcademy program, faculty members are encouraged to contribute their expertise to CSU-wide initiatives, such as Quality Online Learning & Teaching (QOLT) and Course Match.
In line with Sacramento State’s tradition of promoting educational access, Academic Affairs is fully engaged in using appropriate eLearning modalities to provide students increased access to the University’s educational resources. Courses designated as either hybrid or online provide students the opportunities to access course materials at a distance, but also encourage the creative use of technology to foster a richer and more engaged teaching and learning environment. The eAcademy, offered through the unit of Academic Technology and Creative Services (ATCS), in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning, offers faculty intensive professional development for converting traditional and face to face courses to hybrid and online formats. While eLearning technology and pedagogy continue to evolve, academic affairs is committed to ensure that students have access to information technology that enriches their overall educational experience, as well as support the high quality educational programs in which they are enrolled.