eScholar BadgeeScholars @ Fresno State

To enhance and improve the online course offerings at Fresno State by supporting faculty members in the development of online experiences.

**The eScholar Program has been replaced with the Online & Blended Teaching Certificate Program.**

The eScholar Program is designed to support faculty in the development of online courses (80 – 100% online). Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate, a digital badge, and up to $2,000 in professional development funds.

Participating faculty will attend a number of professional development activities, including group meetings and group discussions (in person and virtually). Each participant will be assigned an Instructional Designer and other support as needed to complete the project and ensure accessibility of instructional materials. Since the stipend is for participation in project-based professional development activities, it does not constitute extraordinary support under the Interim Intellectual Property Policy #540. Faculty members retain ownership rights of all content created.

Frequently asked questions regarding the eScholars Program

  • Can adjunct faculty apply? Yes
    Any faculty member can apply to these opportunities. There does need to be some indication from your department chair that you are likely to teach the course the semester following completion of the program.
  • Is there a difference between an online learning module and an online course? Yes
    The training and deliverables for Boot Camp participants are different from developing an online course in the eScholars program. An online module developed in the Boot Camp program can be utilized as supplemental to course content and/or in lieu of face to face content.
  • If I was a previous eScholar or participated in the QOLT Summer Academy can I apply to Boot Camp? No
    Faculty members who apply and are accepted into the eScholars or the QOLT Summer Academy programs are not eligible to apply for Boot Camp, as they will have the competencies to develop online content for other courses.
  • If I have participated in the QOLT Summer Academy can I apply to be an eScholar? No
    You participation in QOLT Summer Academy will have provided you with the skill set needed to develop online content. You are welcome to contact an Instructional Designer for additional assistance.
  • After I submit my online application is there anything else I need to do? Yes
    but only if you do not get a confirmation email that your application has been received. if you don't get a confirmation from someone within 24-48 hours of submitting your application, please email
  • Are faculty members accepted into these programs expected to attend Blackboard training? Yes
    All faculty members should have up to date Blackboard training if they have not already done so.