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Idaho State University

What is eISU?


eISU provides students with courses taught online using various educational technologies. A wide array of courses are offered each semester allowing students greater flexibility in completing coursework while better managing the competing demands on their time.

eISU is supported by a $35 per credit hour fee for online courses. This is in addition to other course fees that may be required, such as professional program fees. 

eISU fees are collected to pay for the additional costs of offering quality online education at Idaho State University.  These are costs that the university would not incur if we were not offering quality online education and concerned about online students having a quality educational experience equal in quality to their face to face classes.
  1. Online Proctoring
  2. Captioning - Accessibility Checks for all online courses
  3. Digital course materials and software specifically for online courses
  4. Online Student Support
  5. Web Conferencing (Zoom) (Partial)
  6. Moodle (Partial)
  7. Bandwidth (Partial)
  8. Online Teacher Development for faculty teaching online courses
  9. Instructional Design help for faculty teaching online courses
  10. NC-SARA  - state and federal compliance costs

eISU Course Delivery

eISU courses are delivered as synchronous, asynchronous, or web conference.

Synchronous courses are offered during the scheduled time to allow real-time access to the course materials, instructor, and other students.

Asynchronous courses offer anytime access to the course materials, instructor and other students with fewer time restrictions allowing flexibility in student’s schedule.

All courses at ISU have a Moodle component.

eISU Course Types





  • No specified meeting time or place.
  • Internet access is required.
  • Moodle section automatically generated.
  • eISU fee applied automatically - except for courses with Professional fees.



  • Almost no specific class time required (up to 5 face-to-face meetings allowed and should be detailed in the class syllabi).
  • All course material and requirements are asynchronous.
  • Internet access is required.
  • Moodle section automatically generated.



  • No traditional classroom required.
  • Course will have set day and time (synchronous) requirement for real-time access to faculty instruction.
  • Internet access is required.
  • Uses Zoom