Published by Oregon State Ecampus
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
Winter edition – Jan. 23, 2013
At Ecampus, we'll never rest on our laurels
A message from Lisa L. Templeton,
Executive Director, OSU Extended Campus
Welcome to a new year and a new term with Oregon State Ecampus. We are thrilled to partner with so many outstanding OSU educators on campus and around the world as 2013 gets under way.
Ecampus experienced substantial growth in 2012, adding online degree and certificate programs in computer science, German, psychology, public health and school counseling. But our expansion did not come at the expense of quality. In fact, our reputation as one of the nation's best providers of online education reached new heights last year.
You may have seen in various publications or heard on the radio that Ecampus is ''top-ranked in the nation.'' Those aren't empty words for marketing purposes. We earn national acclaim year after year thanks to campus-wide collaborations and our continual mission to increase learner access and success.
OSU Ecampus is considered one of the America's 10 best online universities for a variety of reasons, including ''market credibility and prestige, academic quality, student support and student satisfaction.''
The various national awards we've received are validation of the exceptional work done every day by Oregon State faculty and Ecampus staff, and we're excited to make this year even better than the last.
Best wishes in 2013.
New initiative puts course design in the limelight
OSU Ecampus is excited to begin a new initiative that seeks to improve student learning experiences and success in online courses by focusing on improving course design, using the independent and research-based Quality Matters (QM) peer review process.
And we would like you to be a part of that process.
The faculty-driven QM program examines course design, not the content itself or the teaching. The QM rubric guides reviewers to determine if outcomes are aligned with assessments. The rubric also addresses accessibility, ease of navigation, the appropriate use of technology and the availability of learner services information (Disability Access Services, tech support, etc.).
Having your online course peer reviewed is an ideal way to receive fresh ideas from colleagues who are interested in your course and can offer positive feedback to create more active learning.
You can also become a peer reviewer and support instructors from OSU and more than 650 international institutions. Various types of training are available, and stipends are awarded when one reviews a peer's course.
Ecampus also encourages you to attend the QM regional conference on April 25-26 in Vancouver, Wash., to hear first hand how the program has benefited countless educators in the past 10 years.
Visit the Ecampus website to learn more about how QM will lend you support and how you can do the same for your peers.
Hybrid course program offers faculty funding
Teaching an on-campus class with a large enrollment often presents challenges for faculty, and an increasingly viable solution is the implementation of a "hybrid" course -- one that integrates significant online learning activity with a reduced amount of classroom meeting time.
Oregon State is responding to the situation by encouraging instructors of large-enrollment, bacc core courses to submit proposals to participate in this spring's Hybrid Faculty Learning Community.
Academic Affairs, through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), is offering compensation and course development support to OSU faculty for the redesign of such classroom courses into hybrid courses.
Universities nationally have seen positive outcomes in student learning in hybrid courses. Converting your course can create opportunities for deeper student engagement, provide greater scheduling flexibility for students and improve student success in courses with higher than average failure rates.
The deadline for proposals is Jan. 21, so download the RFP today and contact the CTL's Cub Kahn for more information.
Mark your calendars for Faculty Forum 2013
Planning is under way for the sixth annual Ecampus Faculty Forum, where you can learn from OSU faculty who teach online and even offer your instructional wisdom to others.
The Faculty Forum will be held April 11 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, and it's a showcase of excellent online courses that features interactive, wide-ranging discussions on how OSU applies its academic prestige to the world of online education.
Ecampus instructional designers and course developers also will take part in informative sessions related to online instruction.
We'll send you more details and an online RSVP form soon.
Got something to say? We'll help spread the word
We're always happy to bring you important information regarding online and hybrid learning in this quarterly newsletter. But we know that the people you want to hear from most are your Oregon State colleagues.
That's why we're always happy to publish articles and research -- as well as general tips, ideas and tools -- written by OSU faculty for Faculty E-News.
If you have an item you would like published in our spring issue, please submit it to us and we'll work with you to publicize it in this space. The next issue will be distributed via email and posted online April 17.
Sleeker, improved website makes life easier
You might have noticed that we recently launched a redesigned, much-improved website, and it includes a bolstered section for OSU faculty and staff.
The new site is more accessible and easier to navigate as you search for the information and resources you need as an Ecampus instructor. Please don't hesitate to send your feedback as you browse online.
Tech tip: Once an exam starts, just let it go
Here's a friendly reminder as midterms near for winter term: Avoid making any changes (adds, edits or deletions) to a Blackboard exam once your students have started taking it.
The exam itself can become corrupted and student attempts cannot be restored.
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