Welcome to OSU Extended Campus
We are pleased to have you join us as an instructor for the OSU off-campus students. We very much appreciate your willingness to provide your teaching expertise and experience in partnership with the staff of Ecampus to insure that the OSU off-campus student body is provided an academic experience that upholds the standards of rigor and student-faculty interaction and involvement that have come to be expected of the "OSU Experience." OSU distance students repeatedly observe that the willingness of OSU faculty to respond quickly and consistently to students is at the core of the positive feeling they have toward their online education.
The faculty who work with Ecampus have created this positive attitude on the part of off-campus students by:
- being responsive and available to students by phone, email, and/or discussion board,
- providing clear expectations and instructions,
- providing quality courses that are equivalent in content and student learning to on campus courses.
We appreciate tremendously your commitment to continue this level of service to the growing OSU off-campus student body and to help us build on the legacy of service and support that has been established by our faculty partners. To assist you in providing this experience for your students, the Ecampus staff provides a wide array of services and support for you, the faculty, and for the students enrolled in your classes. Those services are outlined in this handbook.
Overview of Ecampus
OSU Extended Campus offers online learning opportunities, both credit and non-credit, to community college students, working and retired professionals, and individuals who may be seeking a degree or simply want to take a single course with us. We have students taking courses online with us from all 50 states and twelve foreign countries. Approximately 72% of our students reside in Oregon. We have approximately 730 students seeking degrees in one of our eight undergraduate degree programs: Liberal Studies, Natural Resources, General Agriculture, General Anthropology, Fisheries & Wildlife, Political Science, Environmental Science, and Women Studies. We also offer fourteen undergraduate minors: Anthropology, Business and Entrepreneurship, Chemistry, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, German, Political Science, Psychology, Resource Economics, Sociology U.S. History, Women Studies, and Writing. Our graduate programs include various Education programs. We offer about 547 unique courses per year in 66 different subject areas.
Growth in Online Learning
Over the years, Ecampus has experienced significant growth in both student credit hours (SCH) and Headcounts. SCH have increased from 14,317 in 2000/2001 to 75,048 in 2009-2010 (not counting Summer Session, on-campus offerings). Each year has brought a 13%-29% rate of increase in SCH. Unduplicated Headcount has increased 13% to 29% each year for the past 3 years.
Ecampus also offers workshops, professional training opportunities, QuickSkills courses, and OSU Summer Session, but this Instructor Manual applies primarily to our online credit courses.
Bob Ehrhart, one of our most experienced distance instructors, recently answered some of the frequently asked questions instructors might have about distance courses.
Be sure to check our website for the most up-to-date information or more detailed explanations. If you ever have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call.
Thank you for joining us! We wish you tremendous success and know you will enjoy and profit from your interactions with OSU's "distance students."