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Oregon State Ecampus study finds instructional designers are underutilized, face barriers when conducting research on teaching and learning

While instructional designers in higher education are well-positioned to conduct research on teaching and learning, a majority of them lack confidence, time and preparedness to do so, according to new research from the OSU Ecampus Research Unit.

Randy Ocampo, Ecampus computer science academic advisor

Behind the scenes with Randy Ocampo

Randy Ocampo knows only one way to live life: full tilt, full time. He spends his days working as an academic advisor to students in the Oregon State Ecampus online postbaccalaureate computer science program. How does he fill the rest of his hours? He has an always-on-the-go family at home, he’s pursuing his MBA on campus with Oregon State, and when he’s not consumed by those two aspects of his life, he’s an avid photographer, paints custom cars, does mixed martial arts and the list goes on.

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Big questions need big answers. That’s our strong suit.

It was a fundamental question in search of a much-needed answer: How can distance students in introductory biology courses online learn to operate a microscope without being in a physical laboratory? The simple answer was that they couldn’t. So Oregon State fixed that problem by developing a first-of-its-kind, 3-D virtual microscope that increases student access to learning and eliminates a barrier to degree completion.

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Behind the scenes with Brian Sidlauskas

“It is a real privilege to be able to reach such a diverse student population and to be able to share the awesomeness of fishes with people who would otherwise lack access to the brick-and-mortar version of my classes,” says Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Associate Professor Brian Sidlauskas.

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Behind the scenes with Kathy Hadley

A professor of astronomy and physics is focused heavily on the happenings of our solar system and beyond, but Kathy Hadley is just as interested in what’s happening on our planet. Namely, she has a long-held passion for teaching students no matter where they are, geographically and scholastically. Her work as an instructor in Oregon State’s Department of Physics is one element of proof.

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OSU Ecampus to enhance online chemistry lab courses with adaptive learning

Oregon State University Ecampus announced an innovative collaboration with Smart Sparrow that will allow chemistry faculty to design their own wet lab simulations to enhance the student learning experience in place of in-person lab experiments. The project stems from a campus-wide initiative to scale the application of adaptive courseware to improve outcomes for Oregon State undergraduate students who learn online.

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Behind the scenes with Katherine Hubler

“I enjoy working with a diverse array of students from different age groups, geographic locations and cultural backgrounds in my online classes,” says OSU Ecampus History Instructor Katherine Hubler. “The fact that the student population is typically quite varied allows for interesting class assignments.”

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Behind the scenes with Beau Baca

Learning primarily happens in a classroom, whether online or on campus, but Beau Baca’s period as a full-time instructor helped him realize that student success is aided when students come to class with a clearer vision. That’s why he transitioned to academic advising, a role he began in Oregon State’s College of Liberal Arts in February 2014.

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Behind the scenes with Loren Chavarría-Bechtel

“My personal experience as an immigrant in this country highlighted the importance the Spanish language plays in my cultural identity. I wanted to share the joy of being bilingual or multilingual with my new community in the United States,” says Ecampus Spanish Senior Instructor Loren Chavarría-Bechtel.