Frequently Asked Questions
What is eCampus?
UAF eCampus is an academic and student support unit that delivers online courses and degrees that are not restricted by time or place. UAF eCampus helps faculty design their instruction for the online learning environment and also offers a full complement of student support services (recruitment and transition, advising, enrollment, proctoring and student success).
What is an eCampus course?
eCampus courses come in a variety of types but all courses are designed to provide access and flexibility to students. eCampus courses are online, asynchronous courses that can be completed from any location. Though these courses do not have a set meeting time, most have weekly deadlines so be sure to keep up with the course schedule.
A smaller number of eCampus courses can be synchronous video conference or a hybrid model of online and face-to-face instruction. When students register, there will be specific information listed in the course notes.
Inquiries about a specific course can be sent to the instructor. You can find contact info at people.alaska.edu.
Do I have to be a UAF student to take an eCampus course?
No. Anyone can take an eCampus course. You do not need to be admitted to a degree program.
Do eCampus students pay resident tuition?
Yes. All students enrolled in eCampus courses, no matter where they are located, pay resident tuition.
Where is my class?
UAF eCampus courses are located in Blackboard (UAF’s Learning Management System) though some instructors may have additional sites for your particular course. eCampus courses are typically not open and available to students until the first day of instruction.
How do I log into Blackboard?
Visit classes.alaska.edu. This is the Blackboard login page. Here you will enter your UA credentials. Not sure what they are? Your UA username and password will be the same username/password used to access your @alaska.edu email account. Still need help: Use the “Forgot Your Password” link or visit elmo.alaska.edu to search for your information.
What is a proctored exam? How do I get an exam proctored?
Check the course syllabus to see if your course requires proctored exams, which means a neutral third-party will supervise. Depending on where you are located (in Fairbanks, in Alaska but outside Fairbanks, outside of Alaska), there are slightly different processes you need to complete to arrange for a proctor. Find more information on our How to Arrange a Proctored Exam page.
How do I calculate my GPA?
Your grade point average is a weighted numerical average of the grades you earn in your courses at UAF. To compute your GPA, divide the total number of credits you have attempted into the total number of grade points you have earned.
Grade points are calculated by multiplying the number of grade points awarded in the course(s) by the number of credits attempted for the course(s). The following grades are figured in your GPA: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- and F. Grades of I, DF, W, P, NB, AU, and CR do not carry grade points and do not affect your GPA.
The university catalog has additional information on computing your GPA.
Are there short-term eCampus courses during a semester?
Yes. eCampus offers a limited number of short-term courses during semesters, depending on student demand and the academic department’s needs. Currently, seven-week courses are offered in Justice, Library Science and MBA courses.
Do you offer Wintermester or Maymester courses?
Yes. eCampus typically only offers Library Science during these limited terms.
I am a Senior Citizen. Can I take an eCampus course?
You are eligible to utilize the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver and enroll in eCampus courses if:
- you are a permanent resident of Alaska;
- you are eligible to receive full Social Security retirement benefits; and
- there is space in the class or classes you want.
You can register up to two weeks prior to the first day of instruction by completing the eCampus Registration form for the appropriate term and the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver. If space is available, you will be enrolled in the course prior to the first day of instruction and sent notification to complete. You must meet both age and residency requirements by one of the following dates to be eligible for the corresponding semester: September 1 for fall; January 1 for spring; May 1 for summer. Reimbursements will not be made to senior citizens who pay for a course and then request a waiver. Additional information is available on the Office of the Bursar website.
Where can I park for my eCampus exam?
The eCampus Exam and Testing Center is located in the Bunnell Building (1790 Tanana Loop) on the Fairbanks campus. There are a few dedicated eCampus exam parking spaces behind the building. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are only available for the time you are taking your exam.
There are both meter and kiosk-pay parking spaces located around the Bunnell building.
What classes are available to meet Alaska Teacher Certification?
UAF eCampus offers many courses that can meet Alaska Teacher Certification or recertification. Detailed information can be found here.