2011 OSU Ecampus graduates

Michelle Benoit – Cohort fun leads to creative futureMichelle Benoit

Master of Education, Organization and Human Resource Education
Coos Bay, Ore.

What does completing your degree mean to you? How do you feel it will improve your life and career?
Completing my master's degree has been a personal aspriation of mine for many years. I have grown immeasurably, both personally and academically, as a result of this experience. The knowledge and skills I've gained in this program have prepared me to be a confident and creative leader in the field of adult education.

Why did you choose to complete your degree online through OSU Extended Campus? What did you like about this method of education?
The hybrid format provided the perfect mix of the flexibility of online learning and the deeply stimulating experience of a face-to-face classroom. I can't say enough about the benefits of the cohort model. Our cohort of 18 became a tight-knit unit in which we all learned from and supported one another. We truly enriched one another's lives over the two years. Our weekends were always energetic and fun regardless of the workload.

Did you have an instructor or advisor who was influential in helping you succeed as a distance student?
The faculty in OSU's adult education master's program are outstanding. Each of them provided excellent instruction. They truly cared about our learning and were available for support outside of class time, which is so important in an online program.

What will your Ecampus degree allow you to do that you were unable to do before?
My master's degree will allow me to advance my career in ways I never could have with only a bachelor's degree. This program provided me a strong foundation of skills in leadership, instructional design, needs assessment, program evaluation and instructional technology, just to name a few. I feel like I have vastly more career options than I did upon entering this program.

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