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The eISU Program

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How does the program work?

The eISU Program is a mechanism to help faculty create quality online courses. The process includes a (Professional Development Plan) PDP, teaming up with an Instructional Designer to help with the nuts and bolts of the course construction--which can all be done online. Stipend options are one of the following:

  • $4,000
  • $2,000 + laptop (ISU property)
  • Course buyout.

This applies to all eISU courses and includes full-time faculty, adjuncts, and GTAs. The major deliverable after the process is the course is Level 1 Quality+ certified. 

eISU Course Definitions


Name Description



  • No synchronous meeting time or place.
  • Internet access is required.
  • Moodle section automatically generated.
  • Considered completely online.



  • Almost no synchronous class time is required (up to 5 face-to-face meetings allowed and should be detailed in the class syllabi).
  • All course material and requirements are asynchronous.
  • Internet access is required.
  • Moodle section automatically generated.

Quality+ Program

The Quality+ program was established in the Fall of 2017 to ensure the quality of eISU courses. It is ISU's implementation of Quality Matters. Faculty teaching eISU courses are given priority access as we strive to ensure the quality of eISU courses.

The program was created based on recommendations from several faculty committees and includes:

  • Professional Development Experiences
  • One-on-one collaboration with an instructional designer
  • Faculty stipends

The program was designed to be flexible for faculty with options that include course reviews, or a focus on faculty professional development. For the options with the course reviews, all courses meet either the ISU internal review process and/or full QM Certification.

eISU Assessment

Under State Board of Education policies and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accreditation standards, ISU must engage in ongoing assessment and improvement of programs and services. eISU is part of this process. Units and departments must regularly assess eISU programs and course offerings, along with their traditional academic programming.