Published by Oregon State Ecampus
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
Spring edition – April 18, 2013
Campus-wide effort makes Faculty Forum a success
A message from Lisa L. Templeton,
Executive Director, OSU Extended Campus
I am continually reminded of the incredible work being conducted each day by OSU faculty and staff who provide our Ecampus distance learners with access to an OSU education and a more promising future.
One of the best examples of our collaboration was on display last week at the sixth annual Ecampus Faculty Forum. This year's forum was a major success. Throughout the day, faculty representing a wide array of OSU departments and colleges gathered to share their expertise and insights into teaching and developing courses online. Several sessions showcased unique services aimed at supporting distance students. A record number of over 200 OSU faculty, administrators and staff attended the event, and the initial feedback we received was extremely positive.
An event like Faculty Forum, led by our innovative Course Development and Training team, is further evidence that Ecampus is moving in an exciting direction of improved learner success, more interactive learning opportunities, and significant support for faculty as they work to develop high-quality, engaging online courses.
You have played a key role in helping Ecampus establish a reputation as one of the nation's top-ranked providers of online education. Thank you for your efforts, and we look forward to continued collaboration and success..
Missed the Faculty Forum? Watch it online
Even though the Ecampus Faculty Forum achieved record attendance this year, we understand that not everyone could make it. That's why we recorded nearly everything that took place.
The vast majority of the 20 presentations given by your OSU colleagues are available to view on the Ecampus Course Development and Training blog. This gives you a valuable opportunity to gather tips and best practices related to online course design and delivery.
Take the first step toward QM certification
Many faculty members are excited about Ecampus' new initiative, QM Online Course Design, and we're eager to increase your involvement by having your course reviewed or by serving as a reviewer for others.
On May 15, we will conduct a full-day training session on how to properly apply the Quality Matters rubric to your course. Completing the class is the first of two steps in becoming a QM peer reviewer. To register for the training, please email Karen Watte, the Ecampus faculty training coordinator. The class will be held in the Willamette East conference room in OSU's Valley Library.
Also, tomorrow (Friday, April 19) we will conduct a webinar at 9 a.m. to answer any questions regarding QM Online Course Design. This webinar is designed for those who attended the Faculty Forum lunch presentation, and it will focus on how the QM rubric and process will be applied at OSU. Please contact Karen Watte to enroll.
Meet your students at our graduation reception
Springtime means one thing: Graduation is on its way. To celebrate the occasion Ecampus is hosting yet another reception for our distance students who are traveling to Corvallis to pick up their diplomas.
All Ecampus faculty, instructors, advisors and program coordinators are encouraged to attend the informal reception. Every year, our students -- many of whom are coming to campus for the first (and only) time -- tell us they want to meet their instructors and advisors in person after years of communicating from a distance.
The informal reception will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in The Valley Library rotunda. A light breakfast will be provided. Please send us an email to let us know if you plan to attend.
New workshop will help boost engagement
The Ecampus Course Development and Training team is excited to offer a new online workshop starting this term, called "Actively Engaging Students in an Online Course." The three-week class begins May 20 and is open to anyone who teaches online.
The workshop will emphasize research-based teaching strategies that will positively impact your student's experiences in the online classroom. To enroll, please email Karen Watte.
New resource aims to help prevent plagiarism
Late last month OSU launched SafeAssign by Blackboard, an optional plagiarism-prevention tool for instructors to help ensure the academic integrity of student work.
SafeAssign is not intended to be a "gotcha" policing tool; rather, it is designed for instructors and students to identify unoriginal content in student papers and to help them make the necessary revisions before final submission.
Oregon State instructors who opt to use the software must devise a SafeAssignment, and then student submissions will be checked into the university's secure database. The submissions will then be compared to content on the Internet and other student papers within Blackboard's global database.
No OSU student papers will ever be deposited into the global database, and neither the OSU database nor the global database are searchable. Students will never see copies of other student work.
Oregon State's Technology Across the Curriculum program created a helpful FAQs guide to help you and your students learn more about SafeAssign.
Blackboard app lets you take class with you
One of the many perks of online education is that learning can happen anywhere, and Blackboard's mobile phone app makes that even more true.
OSU made Blackboard Mobile available this term for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices, meaning you and your students can now download an app if you'd like to access Blackboard on the go.
Blackboard Mobile is an ideal resource to view and post announcements, use discussion boards and blogs, view grades and more.
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