Oregon State biology instructor Andrew Bouwma is the son of a high school biology teacher, which helped him gain a love of the natural world at an early age and steered him down his own path to teaching the discipline.
“As an academic advisor, I guide, support and encourage my students as they move through their program and on to graduation,” says Josie Miranda, HDFS Ecampus academic advisor. “I see my relationship with my students as a partnership. I truly love my job!”
Oregon State Ecampus and faculty members from OSU’s College of Science received a national innovation award for the development of a groundbreaking online biology lab series and 3-D animation project that effectively puts a microscope in the hands of every distance student.
“I like to think of myself as a facilitator of learning in both the classroom and beyond. In addition to guiding students through particular topics, I try to hold up a mirror with which they can also examine their own experiences, perspectives and culture,” Sarah says.
“My initial appointment with students is always by phone or video. The first half of that appointment is all about getting to know the student – why they chose OSU, why business, and most importantly, what are the expectations of this degree. That helps me to understand how I may best serve that student,” says business academic advisor Lindsay Niemeyer.
Oregon State Ecampus instructors provide insight into how you can be successful in an online learning environment.
With the United States facing a shortage of more than one million skilled data scientists, Oregon State will train an array of new professionals through a pair of graduate programs in data analytics to be delivered entirely online. “It’s an exciting time to be a data scientist in our data-enabled world,” said Sastry G. Pantula, dean of OSU’s College of Science. Discover what makes these programs “unique in the marketplace.”
“I speak with so many students who would not be able to get a college education if they had to earn the degree in person because of health, family, work, military commitments and other reasons. Because online degrees allow flexibility with when to study, it makes getting a degree possible,” says Political Science Academic Advisor Andy Edwards.
“When I was considering a career change, I remembered how much I enjoyed working with college students as a peer leader and riding instructor when I was an undergraduate at OSU,” says fisheries and wildlife sciences advisor Megan Hughes. “I also thought about the positive impact that my academic advisor had on my college career, and that is what made me want to become an academic advisor.”
As an instructor in Oregon State University’s online history degree program, Katie Hubler enjoys connecting with her distance students and understands that they want to be challenged and engaged in their learning. By incorporating a variety of teaching styles and active learning exercises, she enables Ecampus students to pursue their unique areas of interest.