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Current Projects

The Ecampus Research Unit (ECRU) prioritizes research that crosses multiple of the following four areas: access, quality, administrative excellence, and adult learners. The ECRU is currently working on the following projects:

New projects

High-Impact Practices in Online Education: Research and Best Practices edited collection

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(available from Stylus Publishing in 2018)

With chapters from a diverse set of authors representing a range of disciplines and institutional contexts, High-Impact Practices in Online Education fulfills a need for a research-based, comprehensive volume that provides faculty members and administrators with the current best practice literature on how high-impact practices are being implemented online to improve student retention and completion. This volume will offer guidance about translating high-impact practices to online environments that takes into account the differences between e-learners and traditional on-campus students.

The Business of Innovating Online: Practical Tips and Advice from e-Learning Leaders edited collection

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(available from Stylus Publishing in 2018)

Through specific examples and practical suggestions from experiencede-learning leaders, The Business of Innovating Online introduces concrete strategies for how to create a climate of creativity and innovation that can lead to more successful and scalable online programs and initiatives. This volume will offer guidance that takes into account the idea that there is no “formula” for innovation, but that there are ways to nurture an innovative distance education organization. The Business of Innovating Online will be the first volume to focus specifically on the practices, cultures, and climates that foster creativity and innovation in distance education administrative units.

Ongoing projects

“Research in Action” podcast

“Research in Action” (RIA) is a podcast about topics and issues related to research in higher education featuring experts across a range of disciplines. Episodes are posted weekly and include guest interviews and occasional solo episodes. Guests are from a range of higher education institutions and share their expertise on qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods as well as their personal experiences as researchers, research and writing practices, organizational and productivity strategies, and much more.

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Online Learning Efficacy Research Database

To help serve the distance education community, the Ecampus Research Unit has created a searchable database that houses efficacy research studies that compare the modalities of online, hybrid/blended, and face-to-face classrooms. This database is be searchable by a range of variables including teaching modality, discipline, and sample size, among others.

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Distance Education Research Methods White Paper Series

Based on the experiences of participants in the Ecampus Research Fellows program, the Ecampus Research Unit is launching a white paper series on distance education research methods.

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Ecampus Professional Development Program

Ecampus has opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators to pursue professional development related to the area of distance/online education, including hybrid delivery (combination of online and face-to-face instruction). The expectation is that the funded proposals will further the applicant’s professional development goals and contribute to the strategic and programmatic objectives articulated in OSU’s Strategic Plan, in particular as it relates to access and instructional excellence.

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Completed projects

National studies

Data sample coming from a national recruitment effort.

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Research Preparation and Engagement of Instructional Designers in U.S. Higher Education
This national study explores the research engagement and training of instructional designers in institutions of higher education. This study targeted institutional designers with a range of experience levels and training backgrounds in order to better understand how they use and engage in research on teaching and learning in their current roles, what previous training they have received in research methods and design, and whether they feel prepared to conduct research on teaching and learning in their current roles.

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Student Uses and Perceptions of Closed Caption and Transcripts: Results from a National Study
This national study was designed to investigate institutional solutions for closed captions. ECRU collaborated with 3Play Media to conduct a national online survey with college students.

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Implementation of & Solutions for Closed Captioning in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education: Results from a National Study
This national study was designed to investigate institutional solutions for closed captions. ECRU collaborated with 3Play Media to conduct a national online survey with higher education administrators at institutions implementing closed captioning.

Local studies

Data sample is drawn from Oregon State University.

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Student Use and Perceptions of Closed Captions in the Fully Online Classroom
The survey study was designed to explore how students in online courses use captions and whether students perceive captions as helpful to their learning. The study was conducted with students of Oregon State University Ecampus. The project was partially funded by the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA).

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The Impact of Closed Caption Use on Learning Outcomes in Fully Online Classes
This experimental study was designed to determine the impact of captioning use on student learning in a college-level fully online environment. The study was conducted in an online Biology course at Oregon State University. The project was partially funded by the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA).