IU Expand, Indiana University’s e-learning portal for professional education opportunities, delivers a growing number of courses to the public and IU community. Below are some highlights of what’s new.
Smart money. MoneySmarts U was developed by Indiana University’s nationally recognized MoneySmarts financial literacy program. It includes two sets of modules: one that targets student academic status (first-year student, second-year student, and so on) and one that targets specific audiences (international students, student-athletes, financially independent students, and so on). All new IU students under the age of 20 are automatically enrolled; and in September 2018, the course became available to audiences outside of IU. Enrollments top 30,000, making MoneySmarts U one of IU Expand’s most popular programs.
Cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a rare genetic disease that can be notoriously hard to detect. In fact, about 30 percent of the diagnoses made during the current newborn screening process are inaccurate at first posting. The Cystic Fibrosis Online Education program, written by doctors at the IU School of Medicine, provides information that aids doctors in making a correct diagnosis. The first course in the program, Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening and Diagnosis, is available now; a second course will be released in early 2019.
Canvas. IU Expand’s Canvas Studio includes templates, tools, ideas, and professional tips for creating online Canvas courses. Designing a new course or enhancing an existing one? Help yourself to recommendations and useable examples, including customizable content pages, templates for syllabi and home pages, visual design elements, assessment tools, and layouts for learning modules.
Academic integrity. The IU Expand course, Learning with Integrity, explains the values, conduct, best practices, and key decision points that go into maintaining and safeguarding academic integrity. Video scenarios help students identify academic misconduct, and quizzes help them measure their comprehension. Faculty can import relevant assignments from the course into their own classes.
In addition to offering new courses, IU Expand has an updated look that includes improved aesthetics and a clarified login process.
Data collected through IU Expand shows the site’s success. It has served 56,910 unique users and garnered more than 145,000 enrollments since its launch in 2017. In 2018, IU Expand programs generated $85,000 in revenue from external sources.