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Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; Fall 2010 Issue
October 1, 2010
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Ecamups Numbers of Interest
Dave King, Ecampus Associate Provost
As we begin another academic year, it's always good to step back and see where we've been. Below are highlights from last year and in some cases the last five years. What these numbers show is a clear effort on your part as faculty and advisors to focus on student and learner needs. The growth we have experienced in Extended Campus as a strategically important part of the University is directly because of your work. Bottom line: The academic engine of the institution is driven by the creative and effective work you do. Thanks.
See a summary of Ecampus numbers of interest >>
Ecampus Launches New Master of Natural Resources Degree
In partnership with the College of Forestry, Ecampus is proud to offer the new Master of Natural Resources degree this fall. Five other colleges and 12 departments will also provide supporting curriculum for this interdisciplinary program. Such a collaborative effort has yielded a program that will educate students in multiple topic areas and prepare them to be leaders in solving the world's natural resources issues, such as climate change, demand for raw materials and environmental degradation.
"The Master of Natural Resources online degree program facilitates learning by natural resource professionals who work in settings that require integrating multiple disciplines to find solutions to complex natural resources problems," says Badege Bishaw, MNR program director.
This master's program was designed with working professionals in mind. Students will select an area of emphasis in which they will focus their studies, ideally paralleling their current career. Students will also complete a Capstone Project that will apply critical thinking and tactical problem-solving methods to a natural resources issue.
Go online to learn more about the new Master of Natural Resources program.
Outreach & Engagement Conference
Come learn about OSU's efforts to collaborate with internal and external partners at the "Outreach and Engagement Annual Conference on Friday, November 19 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.
The event's theme is "Collaborate and Celebrate." President Ed Ray, visiting scholar on engagement Lorilee Sandmann from the University of Georgia, and a panel of practitioners will speak about Oregon State's mission of outreach and engagement.
A continental breakfast will be offered at 7:30 a.m.
Call Vicki Campbell at 7-1581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP by November 12.
Tips for Surviving an Online Class
Distance learning can be daunting for students. Help them earn success with these "Tips for Success in an Online Class."
2010 Ecampus Graduates
More than 200 Extended Campus students from 35 states and six countries graduated this year from Oregon State University, a record number that reflects the continued growth in Ecampus and the demand for online courses and OSU programs. Visit the Ecampus website to hear the amazing stories and see photos of the 39 graduates who travelled the distance, some from as far away as Massachusetts, to attend the commencement ceremony and Ecampus reception on June 12.
Blackboard has been upgraded to Version 9 for fall term. Here are a couple of updates and frequently-asked questions:
Q: Need to find a list of everyone who has access to your course site?
A: Go to the Control Panel > choose Users and Groups > Users. In the search box that appears you must type a percentage symbol (%) and then click "Go."
Q: Need to make your course available to students at the start of the term?
A: Go to the Control Panel > choose Customization > Properties > select the radio button to make the course site available.
Q: What happened to the digital dropbox?
A: The digital dropbox has been removed from Bb 9. If you were using the digital dropbox in your Ecampus course, please contact Dianna Fisher at 737-8658 or Mandy Misner at 737-9341 to add the assignment turn-in tool to your course.
For training on how to use this tool, contact Karen Watte at 737-4130 to schedule an appointment.
Find more information about Blackboard V9 online... http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/faculty/blackboard/9/.
Greetings from the New Ecampus Librarian, Stefanie Buck
"I'm supposed to do research for this class but I just don't know where to start or get help!"
Sound familiar? Students at a distance can often feel overwhelmed by the challenges of learning away from campus. For some, the idea of doing research can be very intimidating. Fortunately, the OSU Libraries are here to help you and your students.
As the new Ecampus librarian, I'd like to take this opportunity to let you know what the OSU Libraries can do for you. First of all, we have a lot of online resources, including online databases such as ERIC, Web of Science, and many others in a variety of disciplines. We also have many e-journals with access to full-text articles. You and your students can access our library catalog online and request books to be sent to your home address.
Click here to read all of Stefanie Buck's tips for accessing the Ecampus library.
Adding a Teaching Assistant to Your Ecampus Course
Vickie Bailey, Administrative Program Specialist
In order to comply with new Registrar policies regarding teaching assistants in Banner, we have deployed a new method of adding teaching assistants into Blackboard that will work for both undergraduate and graduate student TAs. Visit Blackboard's online tutorial to learn how to add your assistants.
This term, your TAs need to take the FERPA and Confidentiality Training course before these students can be added to your Ecampus course. Instructors must submit requests for individuals to take the FERPA and Confidentiality Training course.
Once the TA completes the training, instructors have additional responsibility to grant each assistant an appropriate level of access to Blackboard.
Only teaching assistants actually responsible for course instruction may be listed in Banner as an instructor. Contact Vickie Bailey to grant your TA Banner access for Ecampus courses, and be prepared to provide the subject, course number, TA's name and OSU ID number with your request.
Contact email@example.com for additional information on this topic or with any questions you might have.
Implementation of the Electronic Student Evaluation of Teaching will be delayed
Catherine Williams, Director, Enterprise Computing Services
In consultation with Academic Affairs and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee President, it has been decided to delay the Electronic Student Evaluation of Teaching system until it can be fully integrated with students access to their end-of-term final grades. The student response rates from the spring pilot assessment were disappointing. We anticipate that the low response rate will be dramatically higher with this full integration to student access to final grades. Campus resources are currently fully allocated to completing the implementation of the new degree audit system, MyDegrees. We will work towards allocating resources to the electronic SET application as soon as feasible to complete the grade integration and will continue to consult with the faculty and other key offices like the Office of the Registrar to complete this task as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we will continue with the standard paper-based SET process until we are able to provide firmer estimates of when the electronic SET application will be implemented. Our recommendations are for academic units to plan on ordering the paper-based forms (as they have in the past) from Enterprise Computer Services Operations staff for the 2010-2011 academic year.
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