What do you say about someone who is always helpful, always supportive, always thoughtful? Nothing because there are no words, but this emoji might work: 😭
Meet Jen Moss or just Moss because we have three (!) Jennifers in the office.
Q: What do you do at eCampus?
A: I am an instructional designer which means I do a lot of different things but primarily I help faculty develop student-centered accessible courses for online delivery. Other work I do is centered around faculty development and training for online teaching strategies and technology. I also am a member of the eCampus Inclusive Practice Team. I am committed to making DEIA efforts part of the everyday culture at eCampus.
Q: How do you work with students or how does your work impact students?
A: One of my passions is helping to lead our open education initiatives at UAF. The Faculty Senate OER Committee that I serve on has twice surveyed students this last year and the results indicate that textbook affordability and access are affecting student success and morale. [See Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 student survey reports] Through inspiring faculty to adopt OER (Open Educational Resources) textbooks, not only can students save money but the resources can be modified by faculty to be more inclusive of groups that may be underrepresented in more standard textbooks.
Occasionally I get to work directly with students at eCampus, usually to help troubleshoot an issue someone is experiencing in a course. I love helping students – really this is why the university exists in the first place!
Q: How can students connect with you?
A: email is best. – website? https://jmossart.com
Q: What do you like about working at UAF eCampus?
A: Everyone at eCampus cares about the student experience and I think this grounds our team with a common purpose, whether we work directly with students or not. We all like to work together to solve problems and make improvements wherever possible. This makes a very energized and productive work environment, even if we are engaging remotely. My coworkers are also extremely supportive of each other, highly creative, wicked smart, and willing to jump down random rabbit trails of conversation that usually lead to unexpected interesting places. It’s just fun to work here with this amazing team.
Q: Who or what inspires you in your career?
A: I’m inspired by people who help me think differently about something I’m working on, people who want to connect and get something done that will help others, people who speak up and put themselves out there, people who both make things that function well and that are pretty, and people who have ideas that can change the world for everyone.
Q: Are you a cat person or a dog person?
A: Animals, yes, please, all of them. Currently, I have one furry friend at home, a quirky heeler-shepherd mix named Lupine.
Q: Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?
A: In May, I’m going to fly into the Wrangell Mountains and be dropped off on a remote glacier nestled between big mountains where I’ll hang out for a couple weeks and paint on large canvases, along with two other artists. There are countless beautiful places in our “backyard” of Alaska and I want to experience and paint them all!