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eLearning in the CVL

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The eLearning team of instructional design consultants, technologists and trainers support faculty in enhancing student success through high quality use of technology and course design. They provide leadership through strategic planning, expertise, instructional design, best practices, and dedicated support to faculty and students. 

eLearning’s goal is to develop, enhance and deliver quality learning experiences to make learning more innovative, desirable, accessible and meaningful for students across multiple learning environments. They partner with faculty to enhance student-centered learning experiences by increasing their confident and creative use of technology. 

In March of 2020, the University transitioned to both remote work and online learning. The eLearning team seamlessly transitioned to a 100% remote work environment while simultaneously assisting faculty and students do the same. During the first few weeks, they answered hundreds of phone calls, responded to thousands of emails, and created a virtual help desk to provide individualized support to faculty who needed to quickly convert their courses, often to a brand-new format. Through the transition, the University reaped the benefits of years of planning, infrastructure development, and workforce capacity building by the eLearning team in combination with rapid insights and recommendations. This allowed classes to resume on time and students to graduate as scheduled. 

eLearning in the Center for Virtual Learning

The Center for Virtual Learning will radically expand equitable access to all programs and degrees offered by Ferris State University through a strategic investment in eLearning. With central placement on campus, high visibility for those seeking resources, and classrooms on the first and second floor equipped to record simultaneous in-person and virtual delivery of content, the presence and invitation to participate with the eLearning department will support the growth of the University now, and into the future. 

On the first floor, the State of Michigan’s first purpose-built Esports Arena on a University campus will adjoin a broadcast studio, eLearning faculty and staff offices, and the Information and Security Intelligence Cyber Challenge Center. Both competition spaces can be connected for larger events and will enable viewing from the common area common area and vestibule, attracting current and prospective students to high demand careers. 

Floor plan showing eLearning in the Center for Virtual Learning

Fast Facts

  • Ferris offers more than 30 fully online programs which cut across multiple academic colleges.
  • Online programs focus on unique career-oriented programs for industry, manufacturing, technology, and health care fields, all of which are in high demand.
  • eLearning allows non-traditional students to access post-secondary education while juggling work, families, and other responsibilities.
  • eLearning has piloted a virtual help desk for faculty and students as they transition to online, hyflex, and remote delivery of curriculum.
  • eLearning supports the entirety of the University, planning and troubleshooting remote delivery for both faculty and students.
  • eLearning is the home to the Ferris Esports Team and will oversee the University’s new esports arena.

Ready to Learn More?

To learn more about how you or your organization can participate in this signature building that will support our students and faculty engaged in high-demand career fields, contact The Ferris Foundation.

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