Spring 2012 Faculty E-News

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Published by: OSU Extended Campus
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.; Spring 2012 Issue

April 19, 2012

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Share your knowledge with us at the Ecampus Faculty Forum

A message from Lisa L. Templeton,
Executive Director, OSU Extended Campus 

Lisa TempletonOregon State University is a national leader in online higher education, and that's a distinction worth keeping. To do that, we invite you to come learn from and share with other OSU faculty members who teach online.

Please join us for the 2012 Ecampus Faculty Forum. This annual event is an excellent opportunity to learn about best practices in online education and to hear OSU faculty discuss their innovative teaching methods. OSU faculty and Ecampus staff will share their experiences and expertise during many interactive sessions on a wide range of topics related to online course design and delivery.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 3
Where: OSU's CH2M Hill Alumni Center
RSVP online no later than April 27

There will be many presentations throughout the day, including:

  • Paul Ries (College of Forestry): Using simulations as a tool to enhance online learning
  • Cheridy Aduviri (College of Education): Building relationships with screencasting, Web 2.0 tools and social networking platforms
  • Cub Kahn (Center for Teaching and Learning): A showcase of hybrid courses

We hope to see you there!

Guess who's coming to town? Your students

Sure, Michelle Obama is the big-name attraction for June's OSU commencement, but we haven't lost sight of who graduation is really about: the students.

2012 Ecampus graduation receptionEcampus is expecting a record number of its students to graduate and travel to Corvallis for the ceremony on Sunday, June 17, and we're hosting a reception for our students and their families to celebrate their achievements.

All Ecampus faculty, instructors and advisors are encouraged to attend the reception as well. Every year, our students -- many of whom are coming to campus for the first time -- express a desire to meet their instructors and advisors in person after years of communicating from a distance.

The reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Valley Library. Please send us an email to let us know if you plan to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

New computer science online degree generates major interest

OSU last week unveiled the nation's first online post-baccalaureate program in computer science, creating a one-year pathway to high-paying career opportunities in virtually any industry worldwide.Computer science

The program, delivered online by Ecampus, provides students with skills in programming fundamentals, software engineering, mobile and web development and more. Best of all: Students can complete the program in as little as one year, and the program launches this summer.

"The need for expertise in computer science has now become so pervasive that these skills can be paired with almost any other type of college degree, and it actually amplifies the value of both of them," said Terri Fiez, head of OSU's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Learn more about the computer science online degree program.

National award puts OSU on the cutting Edge

Dan Edge, the head of OSU's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Science, was recognized nationally last month for his exemplary work as an educator in the field of online and continuing education.

Dan EdgeEdge won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, which serves more than 350 institutions in North America. He was one of only two in the nation to receive the award this year.

"I'm just delighted to receive UPCEA's highest national honor in teaching, primarily because this is an association which focuses on education," Edge said. "I have been in both distance education and formal education for years, and this award sort of recognizes the hybrid between those two, so it's a real honor."

Read more about Edge's array of contributions to online education at OSU and worldwide

Developing a new online class? Ecampus PDT will help!

This summer, Ecampus instructional designers are offering a faculty workshop designed to guide course developers through the production of an online course, using research-based best practices in course design and pedagogy.

Ecampus PDT faculty trainingThe workshop will guide you through the creation of an entire unit of course materials for your online class – materials that are aligned with your course outcomes, are engaging and full of active learning experiences for your students, and are rewarding for you to teach. The workshop takes place entirely online and is asynchronous, so you can fit your participation in around your busy schedule. (We'll also have a couple of optional face-to-face sessions for those who would like more hands-on help with Blackboard.)

What will you actually do in the workshop? Participate in discussions, share ideas and drafts of your course materials in progress, learn about and get access to tons of resources to help you with your course development, and network with colleagues from departments all over campus.

Ecampus recommends participation in this training two terms prior to the term you plan to teach the course. (Participate in the summer workshop to prepare a course for winter, for example.)

The training is offered online and runs July 9 to Aug. 20. To sign up, email Shannon Riggs or call her with questions at 7-2613

Tech tip: Populating your groups in Blackboard

BlackboardIs there an easy way to randomly repopulate groups in a recently copied course? Yes!

If your groups were created as a "group set," you can populate your groups by going to the Groups Page and choosing the Group Sets link in the upper-right corner. Click the down-chevron next to the group set name and choose Edit Set Enrollments.

On the next page, look for the Randomize Enrollments button. Click it, and all currently enrolled students will now be distributed randomly among the groups in your group set. For students who add later, return to this page to manually add them to a group.

Please note that if your groups were originally created as single groups, rather than as a "group set," you will need to repopulate them manually

Six days left to order your summer textbooksSummer textbook orders

The OSU Beaver Store's deadline for faculty textbook requisitions for summer term is next Tuesday, so place your order today.

And shortly thereafter, the bookstore will be asking for fall textbook orders. The fall term deadline is May 15.

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