Fall 2012 Faculty E-News

Faculty E-News

Published by Oregon State Ecampus
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
Fall edition – Oct. 10, 2012


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Graduate's story is an inspirational reminder

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

Lisa TempletonAs we start a new school year, it's easy to get lost in daily tasks and become overwhelmed by administrative duties. Then someone like Sarah Price comes along and reminds us what our primary goal is: fostering learner success.

Sarah's story is a remarkable tale of perseverance despite incredible hardships. She coped with homelessness, extreme poverty, food insecurity and teen pregnancy, but she always saw a college education as her ticket to a better future.

This June, Sarah earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Oregon State after studying online via Ecampus in San Diego, having made OSU's honor roll on multiple occasions. As a result of her dedication and academic success, this month she was named Outstanding Non-traditional Student by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association's West Region.

Sarah's story wowed everyone in attendance at the UPCEA conference last week in Utah, and some Ecampus staff members and I had the privilege to spend an evening with her. It was a very meaningful experience and reinforced why we're here and why we do what we do.

I encourage you to watch a short video on Sarah and her accomplishments. It's an inspirational reminder that many of our distance learners face similarly daunting obstacles on their way to earning an OSU degree online.

I want to thank you for your commitment to helping our students succeed, and we look forward to more stories of their success this year..

Lisa L. Templeton

Let us help you develop, teach your course

Hybrid Faculty Learning CommunityEcampus is conducting a pair of workshops that serve as ideal professional development opportunities for online instructors. Here are the details:

Developing an Online Course
If you are developing a new course or redesigning an existing course for summer 2013 or later, consider joining this workshop. It's a six-week training designed to help you develop course materials appropriate for online learning in a facilitated, collaborative environment with a cohort of peers. You will not only learn about course development; you will also do your own course development work. The workshop starts Jan. 14, 2013.

Teaching an Online Course
This new two-week, self-paced course is designed primarily for instructors who are new to online teaching and/or will be instructing a course that has already been developed. Learn how to effectively engage students in an online course and experiment with many of the Blackboard tools that you may use in your own course. It also gives you the chance to sample online learning from the student’s perspective. You can enroll in this ongoing workshop any time.

To sign up for one or both of the workshops, please email Ecampus training specialist Karen Watté..

OSU steps into world of open courseware

Ecampus PDT faculty trainingAs institutions across the country frantically join startup companies that offer massive open online courses (MOOCs), Oregon State University is thoughtfully entering into the field of open courseware.

OSU is in the process of developing discrete, high-quality and clearly branded OSU learning modules that will allow the university to compete in the active open courseware market, but in a way that uses our unique advantage as a land-grant leader and maintains our role as an economic driver.

The goal of our open module program is to provide learners with the ability to draw from a repository of resources to create individualized learning opportunities, rather than a one-size-fits-all, 1,000-plus student course. The modules will offer value to our current students, to noncredit programs, to K-12 students and even international programs.

These open educational resources (OERs) will be teaching and learning materials freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are a student, self-learner or an instructor. Examples of OERs include full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games and much more in digital media collections around the world.

Oregon State envisions these OERs as invaluable tools that will help learners understand difficult topics more easily, enable instructors to better reach their students and lighten the faculty workload.

Faculty have the content expertise, and Ecampus has the technological capabilities and resources to showcase their work. Soon, we will post an RFP that seeks submissions of ideas from faculty to create these open learning modules.

You will hear much more about our new open module development program in the near future. If you have questions, email Dianna Fisher, the Ecampus Director of Project Development & Training.

Ecampus instructors get on the soapbox

Nabil Boudraa, Ph.D.Students don't enroll with Ecampus because the OSU football team is ranked 10th in the nation. They do it because our high-quality courses are developed and taught by the university's outstanding faculty.

To help illustrate that point, this summer we produced a short video that features interviews with some of Oregon State's best faculty members and online instructors.

Take a look and a listen as Ecampus educators explain the expert methods they use to instill quality in their online courses for students around the world

Another year among America's best

SuperScholar's 25 Best Online Colleges for 2013Speaking of top 10 rankings, Oregon State Ecampus was recently listed among the nation's best providers of online education for the second consecutive year.

Ecampus is No. 8 in SuperScholar.org's annual ranking of the 25 Best Online Colleges for 2013. Last year, the independent company ranked Ecampus ninth.

SuperScholar bases its rankings on "degree selection diversity … market credibility and prestige, academic quality, student support, and student satisfaction." Two similar organizations have also listed Ecampus in their national top 25 dating to 2010.

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