2022-2023 Annual Impact Report

UAF eCampus, now part of the UAF Center for Teaching and Learning, partners with UAF academic departments and programs to offer quality education with flexible options, enabling a dispersed, diverse population of students to achieve their education goals through excellent content connected to contemporary skills and literacies.

Mesage from Executive Director

Jenn Pedersen, Ph.D.

It’s my distinct pleasure to introduce our Annual Impact Report presented in a fresh format that reflects the genuine spirit of eCampus more authentically than ever before. This year, we’ve transformed our approach. We’re focusing on more than just data; we’re sharing inspiring stories from an extraordinary team whose passion, commitment, and tenacity are the true secret to our shared successes. Through the far-reaching impact of over 50 online programs and 600 diverse courses, and the extended global influence of our AlaskaX portfolio, eCampus has provided transformational educational opportunities spanning Alaskan communities to international shores. The creativity and dedication of our team have not only broadened our impact but also enhanced UAF’s educational experience, weaving a narrative of success, innovation, and community. I invite you into this journey with us—discover, celebrate, and look ahead to a future where our collaborative spirit, inclusivity, and commitment to excellence continually fuel UAF’s mission.


Distinct Students


Unique Courses Taught



New to online

Student Snapshot

Ages 13-81
170 Communities in Alaska
49 States
4 U.S. Territories
23 Countries Around the World


Student Credit Hours


Number of Course Sections



Transitioned from Blackboard to Canvas


We regularly implement new programs and approaches that specifically help to address issues that our university community needs. This video highlights the progress we have made over the past year, and illustrates our commitment to improve access to higher education for all Alaskans.

Student Voices


We work to create an inclusive learning environment that welcomes differences in technology, culture, place, ability and ways of knowing.

Community Approach

We are a human-centered support unit serving students, staff and faculty as individuals. We welcome instructors in every rank and position. Through a constant focus on both innovation and equity, our goal is to continue to work on improvement.

Teaching Development

The instructional design team plans and conducts more faculty development than any other unit at UAF.


faculty, staff, post-docs, and grad students supported


hours of 1:1 assistance with instructional designers


long-form programs
(20+ hours of participation)


short-form programs
(at least 1 hour of participation)


Learner Experience Advocacy Program
In LEAP, undergrad fellows are paired with faculty to give feedback on online courses. In 2022-23, 21 students were accepted and started the program, with 19 finishing and receiving scholarships. Twenty-two faculty members participated.

Month of Writing

Facilitated writing sessions every week, building community and accountability


Program that supports instructors in honoring their courses as the scholarship of teaching and learning

SoTL iTeach

Workshop to learn instructional practices that support student learning during a course revision

Transdiciplinary iTeach

Workshop to learn about and test pedagogical approaches that empower instructors and students to engage in transdisciplinary problem-solving

OER Innovation Quest

No/low cost course materials/OER training with incentives

Increasing Access to Higher Education

We engage in partnerships across the university to broaden education opportunities in Alaska by offering needs-based and merit-based scholarships. We offer programs designed to attract first-generation students.


eCampus is committed to removing barriers to student educational access and success whenever possible, and one way we do this is by dedicating funding to student scholarships. In the last 6 years, eCampus has awarded over $230,000 and supported more than 300 students through our scholarship programs. This year we expanded our programs to provide scholarships to a greater number of students and prioritized finding creative ways to reach a more diverse group of students. Online students often bring unique life and scheduling challenges and their situations may not translate well into traditional scholarship application metrics. This year our eCampus Scholarship Committee changed our award criteria and application to make it more inclusive and accessible and our review process to be more equitable. Using multiple award periods means our award is available to students admitted after February 15 (the UAF scholarship deadline) and allows us to include Summer semester meaning we reach students who may have exhausted other funding during Fall and Spring. In 2022-23, we almost doubled our scholarship budget and provided over $78,000 in scholarships to 120 students. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Spring and Summer eCampus awards: $29,000, 58 students
  • Learner Experience Advocacy Program (LEAP): $33,000, 19 students
  • Degree Completion program: $8,000, 16 students 
  • Student art contest: $8,250, 27 students
Tehya McLeod at SEATAC airport with eCampus display using Tehya’s “On the Trail” artwork
Seqininnguaq Poulsen, one of the winners of the eCampus student art contest, at SEATAC

Alaska Advantage

The Alaska Advantage program provides Alaska’s high-achieving high school students an in-state, high-quality and affordable option for dual enrollment. In the fall of 2022, the program partnered with the Anchorage School District to create the Anchorage Business Academy. This academy provides 25 high school students in the district with the opportunity to work toward occupational endorsements in business-related pathways such as administrative assistant, bookkeeping, or financial services representatives. These endorsements likely prepare students for employment directly after high school. The Alaska Advantage Program is a valuable resource for high-achieving high school students in Alaska, enabling them to earn college credits and potentially gain a competitive advantage in their future educational and career pursuits.



unique high schools


student credit hours


school districts

Lowering Economic Barriers

We advocate for open access to education and encourage the use of open education resources to help provide affordable course materials.


Through AlaskaX, our partnership with the edX global learning platform, UAF has extended its reach to over 70,000 learners from 210 countries and territories, elevating the visibility of research, enhancing outreach, and driving interest to UAF.


total enrollments

0 %

learners that paid to upgrade to the verified track which gives them access to graded assessments and a certificate upon successful completion




published courses

AlaskaX Learner Locations

No or Low-Cost Courses

A no or low-cost (NoLo) course is one that may utilize open education resources (OER) and freely available resources in order to reduce textbook and material costs for students to under $40 per course. This amount only pertains to required course textbooks, workbooks, online homework platforms or other publisher-provided tools and materials.

Student Feedback

“I love the option to use free online textbooks. These are great study tools. Forced purchase of a textbook that will not be needed to understand course material is not a realistic expectation of students. I have been impressed by UAF since transferring here with the option to download free ebooks in some of my courses.”
$ 300000

approximate savings for students Fall 2022-Summer 2023

$ 800000

total approximate savings since NoLo implementation in Spring 2021

Student Support Focus

Exam Services

As a national test center, eCampus Exam Services administers paper-and-pencil and computer-based exams for UAF students, prospective students, and the community at large. We serve students with class-exam related needs and professionals seeking credentials.

Exam Type
student exams
in-person exams
remote proctored UAF exam requests
credit by examination
FE exams for graduating engineers
community exams for future nurses, CPAs, electricians, firefighters, real estate agents, contractors and more
eCampus Exam Services team: Capra, Logan, and Julia (L-R)
eCampus Exam Services team: Capra, Logan, and Julia (L-R)


Our team’s creativity and dedication shines through every day. Here are just a few things we’re proud of from this year.

Permafrost Tunnel

eCampus has been contributing to the education outreach portion of the Permafrost Discovery Gateway (PDG), led by Woodwell Climate Institute and with collaborators from over fourteen institutions including UAF. The NSF-funded project goal is an online interface that enables researchers to share knowledge and big data supported and expanded through machine learning across disciplines for near-real time permafrost monitoring of the pan-arctic landscape. Through additional NSF funding, a partnership with teachers from two Alaska districts is enabling the creation of a range of standards-based lesson packages that can be used in climate change and permafrost units in middle and high school science curricula. Lesson plans will be posted on the PDG education site and will be openly licensed. Instructional design staff also collaborated with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center to create a virtual immersive tour of the CRREL Permafrost Tunnel near Fairbanks, as part of the PDG outreach project. The PDG received the Google Impact Challenge on Climate Innovation award in 2023.

Airtable Pilot

In 2022, the Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at eCampus in collaboration with campus groups and the UAF PIT Crew, piloted Airtable to assess its effectiveness in reducing data silos and promoting data-informed decision-making. Staff at eCampus already used Airtable as a “collaborative data playground” and were excited to help the campus community discover this adaptive, responsive tool. The goal was to simplify faculty and staff access to critical and timely institutional data, connect disparate data sources, to create the ability to share data and to be able to track processes. Leveraging Airtable’s capabilities as a relational database and the ability to create automated Banner feeds, non-expert users could easily access and analyze data without coding skills. Airtable is now utilized across campus for diverse purposes, including resource sharing with students, facilities inventory management, community-based project connections, GER outcomes evaluation, and course catalog management. While Airtable may not be a one-size-fits-all solution, its versatility and ongoing integration efforts offer exciting opportunities for users seeking to uncover insights and connections across UAF’s campus data landscape.

A circular graph that shows the purpose of Banner which is cleaning, freezing, and warehousing data. In comparison, Airtable allows playing, drafting, editing, sharing, and collaborating on data.

Website Redesign

eCampus launched a new website that is responsive, utilizes the latest design trends, and prioritizes accessibility above everything else. A well-organized website ensures that prospective students can easily access crucial information, such as program offerings, admission requirements, and student support services. As the virtual front door of eCampus, a visually appealing and user-friendly website can immediately capture students’ attention and convey a sense of professionalism and credibility.

Media Team

The highly skilled eCampus Media team plays a pivotal role in supporting video production for UAF and AlaskaX courses. This exceptionally creative team goes beyond the ordinary, helping faculty craft videos that authentically capture the essence of their subject matter. The impact of their work is evident in the diverse array of projects they’ve recently worked on, ranging from producing promotional videos for courses like Engineering in Alaska (ES 100) to bringing animations to life in the new Resilient and Renewable Grid course as on the edX platform (AlaskaX). In an effort to further support for those interested in honing their video editing skills, eCampus now grants access to WeVideo, a cloud-based video editor, for all UAF staff, students, and faculty. This reflects our commitment to fostering collaboration and providing a seamless editing experience for shared media. UAF eCampus collaboratively manages a fully equipped production studio in Rasmuson 375a, along with two DIY learning glass studios in Irving I Room 303 and Bunnell 143C.


UAF eCampus is a tight-knit group of people who are educators, readers, artists, gamers, bakers, writers, knitters, builders, adventurers, runners…we’re adding to this list every day! Meet a few of them by clicking on their picture.


Please bear with us!

NanookThe new CTL encompasses our expanded programs and services to include AlaskaX, our makerspace, faculty-focused events and student-centered learning experiences. As our department continues to evolve, we’ll keep this page updated.