“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.
Ecampus business administration Todd Van Hess says what he’s learning in class is already making him a better employee – and in turn, a better prospective leader in the future. “I learn something new every term. I thought I knew all of the answers, but the course work definitely sheds a lot of light on some of the bigger picture items.”
Justin Wolford took awhile to discover that teaching computer science was his desired profession. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications, then enrolled at Oregon State to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science. After an internship at NASA, he soon realized that he liked teaching more than research, so he exited the CS program after earning his master’s. Now he’s an instructor in OSU’s highly popular, online post-baccalaureate computer science program.
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.”