eLearning Department

eLearning Vision Statement

eLearning expands access to education options and pathways for students through online, hybrid, and other enhanced modes of course development, delivery and innovation

eLearning Department

eLearning department supports faculty who teach online, hybrid and on ground classes, supports all students who use Canvas. Support is provided by the eLearning team which includes Digital Learning Services and Multimedia Services

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eLearning Mission:

– provides faculty guidance to enhance online content for more effective student engagement and retention.

Inspiring creative application of technology, offering instructional design consultations and equipping faculty to embrace technology, we partner with faculty to design online, hybrid, and technology-enhanced coursework.

Multimedia Services:

– support the instructional goals by providing reliable media and presentation technology support for college events, meetings, conferences and cultural programs for faculty, staff, and students.

Mission of Bellevue College

Bellevue College is a student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence, that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.

eLearning Definitions

  • Online courses are conducted completely on the web. The instructional content is delivered exclusively via distance education. Requirements for coming to campus for orientation, testing, or academic support services do not exclude a course from being classified as distance education.
  • Hybrid courses replace some – but not all – classroom time with online learning. For example, a class that would originally meet five days a week might meet three days a week, and substitute online activities to replace the other two class sessions.
  • Web-enhanced courses meet in regular class sessions, but use online resources for additional student-teacher and student-student interaction, posting of assignments, course materials, and student research.

eLearning Committee

Role and purpose:
Provide guidance and expertise necessary to develop a rich and rigorous eLearning ecosystem that produces a consistent, cohesive, quality learning experience for students; examine innovative eLearning models and initiatives, based on the most current national and local eLearning trends; and ensure the eLearning direction is directly linked to the Vision, Core Values, Mission, and Core Themes of the college.

Council Alignment: Constituency Councils – Faculty

Membership term is for three years.The committee meets once a month. We have teaching and non-teaching positions. eLearning Committee members can be either part-time or full-time faculty/employees. All new applications are reviewed by the eLearning Director and the Faculty Council members. New members will notify their Program Chairs, Divisions and their Deans of their selection to serve on the eLearning Committee.

eLearning Committee member selection is based on the following criteria:

Teaching members:

  • Experience with online and/or hybrid teaching
  • Demonstrated interest in online pedagogy and instructional technology
  • Demonstrated interest in participating in professional development that pertains to online learning and technology

Non-teaching members:

  • Demonstrated experience using educational technology for online learning and teaching
  • Demonstrated interest in participating in professional development that pertains to online learning and technology

eLearning Committee By-Laws and Governance Alignment

5 Year eLearning plan

Meeting Time:

The eLearning Committee meets once a month on the third Tuesday of the month from 2:30-4:00pm

What are the elements of “regular and substantive interaction”?

1) Interaction must be initiated by the instructor.

2) Interaction must be “regular” and probably somewhat frequent.

3) Interaction must be “substantive” – of an academic nature.

4) Interaction must be with an instructor that meets accrediting agency standards.

Read the WCET Frontiers article on Interpreting what is Required for “Regular and Substantive Interaction”

Canvas tools can assist in maintaining regular, effective, and substantive contact with students in an online/hybrid course.

eLearning Must Be Active Learning

    Creating an active learning environment in online courses presents different challenges than those posed by a face-to-face learning environment. Busy work must be eliminated in favor of course activities and assessments that move students from remembering to understanding, then to applying,  analyzing, and evaluating and finally to creating with course concepts. The Canvas Learning Management system has many wonderful tools which allow students to actively engage with course content, course instructors and, most importantly, their fellow students.

Click here to read more about Using Canvas Tools to Make Your Existing Site More Engaging