What is Eagle Online?
Eagle Online is the name given to our online learning area. FVCC uses Desire2Learn as its learning management system (LMS). An LMS allows instructors to manage their course content, discussions, testing, grades, and more in a secure environment by requiring a login process. Any instructor at FVCC can use Eagle Online to manage their course information regardless of the course is taught online or not.
Classes that use Eagle Online
Eagle Online can be a useful tool regardless of how your course meets. Many faculty who teach face to face use Eagle Online as an enhancement to their courses. They use it as a way to share content and materials, allow for discussion outside of class, electronically grade and provide feedback to students and keep students up to date on their course grades. Hybrid courses and fully online courses use Eagle Online even more extensively to take advantage of additional features such as testing and assessment, synchronous discussion and for group and collaborative work.
How to Use Eagle Online
If you would like to use Eagle Online to enhance your face to face course, call the Instructional Technology Specialist at (406) 756-3615 to have a class shell created and receive a brief introductory tutorial.
If you would like to teach a fully online or hybrid course at FVCC you must first obtain approval for development/conversion prior to beginning the development/conversion process. In addition, you need to have taken EDU 291y, Teaching Online. After the course is developed, it goes through a peer review process, is approved and then offered on the schedule. Download the Online Hybrid Course Conversion Request Form.
Teaching Online Classes EDU 291y
The purpose of this class for faculty is to introduce the FVCC Eagle Online learning management system (LMS); Brightspace. In the course participants will learn how to navigate the LMS and personalize an online course. The emphasis is on building “community” among online students, effective communication in the online environment, managing an online course, incorporating “interactivity,” assessment and evaluation of online students, and the roles and responsibilities of an online instructor.
Developing Online Classes EDU 291x
After taking EDU 291y, faculty can take EDU 291x where they will design and develop a fully online course. Participants will learn more about the features of the LMS as well as principles of best practice, instructional design, accessibility and quality standards.