e-Casts is a video-on-demand and podcast series focused on our dynamic and dedicated faculty at Eastern Kentucky University. We deep dive in one on one conversations ranging from discipline and program specific topics to best practices in teaching online. At times we will even delve into current societal issues related to the faculty member’s area […]

First Time Teaching: Advice From the IDC

Be present in the course Use the discussion forum, announcements and email to show students you are actively monitoring and facilitating their learning. Communicate regularly with students. Create a schedule of your planned interactions with students. Send a “welcome announcement” & reassure students that the semester will go on Email students who are not participating […]

EKU Wins Four Blackboard Awards for Excellence in Online Learning

Eastern Kentucky University’s online degree programs have once again been recognized for distinction by Blackboard, Inc. The education technology company reviewed courses and programs from around the world to identify the very best in teaching, professional development and course design. EKU received three 2020 Blackboard Catalyst Awards and a 2020 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award. The […]

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EKU Course Developers Receive Prestigious Course Design Award

Two EKU employees are being recognized for their efforts in online course design. Scott Townsend, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Jennifer Perkins, EKU Online instructional designer, have received a Blackboard Catalyst Award in Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Program, which recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges and universities worldwide who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.