Oregon State Ecampus Faculty News

Fall term  •  Sept. 15, 2015

OSU campus

Welcome to another year!

This quarterly newsletter provides instructors of Oregon State Ecampus courses with timely updates and information on the Canvas learning management system, faculty training opportunities and other resources to help instructors meet the needs of OSU’s distance learners.

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New tool helps students steer clear of plagiarism

A new plagiarism prevention tool called Turnitin will be available this fall in Canvas. Turnitin provides an efficient way for students and instructors to check the originality of students’ written assignments. It is meant to be used as a teaching tool to help students learn how to avoid plagiarism and cite sources correctly in their own writing.

Quick reference guides are available to assist you in creating a Turnitin assignment in Canvas. Ecampus also will offer training sessions this month on how to use Turnitin in your online course. No registration is required. (All times PDT.)


• Wednesday, Sept. 16 -- 8:30-9:30 a.m. -- Willamette East (Valley Library 3622)
• Monday, Sept. 21 -- 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- Bernard Lab (Valley Library 5420)


• Friday, Sept. 18 -- 2-3 p.m. -- Log in as a guest to access the webinar.


Follow these 4 steps, give learners access to free tutoring

Ecampus students have access to live tutoring, writing help and subject-specific question submission through NetTutor -- with 24/7 support in many cases. To help students access NetTutor, instructors must enable this tool in their Canvas course following these steps:

• Select Settings at the left on the course menu.
• Click on the Navigation tab at the top.
• Choose the gear to the right of NetTutor and select Enable.
• Click Save.

A NetTutor link will now appear in your course menu. Students can submit papers and receive feedback within 48 hours using the Humanities and Social Sciences Writing Lab button.

Visit the Ecampus website for details on NetTutor’s hours of service, tutoring subjects and more.

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Find study buddies anywhere? There's an app for that

Ecampus is excited to announce an expanded pilot BuddyUp service for the 2015-16 academic year. BuddyUp is a social network designed to help distance students find study buddies. And it’s free and easy to use.

Students use a .edu email address to create an account and profile identifying their university and which classes they’re taking. Students then find study partners by searching course numbers and sending each other “BuddyUp” requests.

Students can meet study groups in person if they’re geographically near, or online using tools such as Skype or Google Hangouts. Instructors can promote participation in this pilot in several ways:

• Email students info about BuddyUp, providing the buddyup.org link.
Contact Ecampus to have a BuddyUp info page placed in the Start Here area of your Canvas course.
• Recommend that students download the free BuddyUp app in their smartphone app store.

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2 training sessions designed to help you enhance your skills

Canvas Facilitator Training
Join us before fall term starts for a 50-minute training on how to effectively use Canvas to facilitate your online course. We’ll demonstrate key communication functions including messaging and feedback tools. We’ll also discuss ways to manage discussions and important features to know about when grading exams and other assessments. You can attend in person or online, so register now.

Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)
This is the flagship workshop for the Quality Matters (QM) program. We’re offering this two-week, entirely online workshop Nov. 3-17, for faculty who teach Ecampus courses. It covers the QM rubric and how to use it to review online courses. The workshop is useful for anyone interested in the QM program or considering submitting a course for a review. It’s also the first of two required courses for any faculty who plan to become a QM reviewer. Seats are limited, so register today.


New OSU unit offers funds for research in online education

Today marks the launch of the Extended Campus Research Fellows (ECRF) Program, which provides funding to support the research, development and scholarship efforts of faculty and departments in the area of online education.

The ECRF Program falls under the newly established Extended Campus Research Unit. The unit is led by Research Director Kathryn Linder, who previously served as the Director of the Center for Teaching & Scholarly Excellence at Suffolk University in Boston.

If you’re interested in conducting research on online teaching and learning, you can apply now. The deadline is Nov. 1. Visit the ECRF Program site for more details.

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