Oregon State Ecampus Faculty News

Winter term  •  Jan. 11, 2016

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A new year marked with new opportunities

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.


Use YouSeeU video to engage students on a higher level

Ecampus is seeking participants for a new pilot starting in winter term. YouSeeU is a video-based tool that can be used to strengthen engagement and assessment in online courses. A couple of examples of how YouSeeU can be used:

•   Timed video responses. Instructors post a video question, and students respond in a timed environment, simulating being "called on" in class. Once the student plays the instructor's video, a timer starts. Students have to reply with their own video response in a given timeframe.

•   Group video projects. Students working in geographically dispersed groups can contribute video segments, which YouSeeU easily stitches together into one video presentation that can be shared with the entire class for viewing, question-and-answer sessions, or simply with the instructor for assessment.

Training on YouSeeU and course design adjustments to include the use of the tool will happen during winter term for use in spring, summer or fall term courses. To participate, please fill out a brief form.

  Karen Watté

Migration to Canvas means new resources to add to your repertoire

Winter term brings an end to the Blackboard-to-Canvas migration. All OSU courses that use a learning management system will now be in Canvas.

Thanks for all of your hard work and training participation. We enjoyed working with the 365 faculty members who completed Ecampus migration workshops. Together, we moved nearly 1,000 online courses to Canvas.

If you overlooked an Ecampus course that still needs to be migrated to Canvas, help is still available. Contact Karen Watté (karen.watte@oregonstate.edu) or Erica Curry (erica.curry@oregonstate.edu) for assistance.

•   A link validator tool is now available. Instructors can verify all published and unpublished links throughout a course to ensure they are valid. Look for the Link Validator option under Settings in your course to try it out.

•   SCORM is now enabled, allowing instructors to make gradable items in Adobe Presenter lectures and Articulate Storyline modules, for example. For assistance creating gradable items in lectures or modules, please contact Victor Yee (victor.yee@oregonstate.edu).

•   24/7 help is available. Use the help menu in Canvas to start a chat, submit a ticket, or send an email. You can also call Canvas at 844-329-3084.

Finally, please look for an email survey regarding the migration to Canvas from the new Extended Campus Research Unit later this month.

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Training sessions available for Turnitin plagiarism prevention

Oregon State now has access to Turnitin plagiarism prevention software. We recommend using it as a teaching tool rather than solely as a policing tool.

With its side-by-side comparison of student writing and source text, Turnitin can be powerful in teaching students to recognize and prevent plagiarism in their own work.

Using the software effectively require some basic training. Register now for one of these sessions:


•   Friday, Jan. 15 -- 10-10:45 a.m. PDT

In person

•   Friday, Jan. 22 -- 11-11:45 a.m. PDT

  Katie Linder, Ph.D.

Extended Campus Research Unit names faculty fellows

The new Extended Campus Research Unit - with a focus on making contributions to the field of online teaching and learning - has received its first national grant and named eight Oregon State faculty members as its inaugural research fellows.

The grant and the fellows program aim to create an accessible and inclusive online learning environment for Oregon State students and beyond.

"Research about online education at this stage in higher education still has a lot of gaps. There are many questions remaining about different technologies and how they impact student learning," said Extended Campus research director Katie Linder, Ph.D. "The goal of these new initiatives is to ignite some excitement among faculty in a more collaborative fashion and answer those questions."

The fellows program funded five research projects to be conducted by eight OSU faculty and staff members:

•   Mary Nolan and Brenda Kellar (College of Liberal Arts)
•   Ping-Hung Hsieh, Xiaohui Chang and Andrew Olstad (College of Business)
•   Karen Thompson (College of Education)
•   Kathy Becker Blease (College of Liberal Arts)
•   Stephanie Jenkins (College of Liberal Arts)

Visit the Extended Campus Research Unit website for more information on these projects and future research opportunities.


BuddyUp app puts students in touch with study partners

Ecampus conducted a small pilot of the BuddyUp service in spring 2015, and the pilot was expanded for the 2015-16 academic year. BuddyUp is a social network designed to help students find study buddies. And it's easy and free for students 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. The BuddyUp smartphone app allows classmates to chat with text message-style instant communications.

Instructors can promote participation in this pilot in several ways:

•   Email students info about this pilot, providing the buddyup.org link.

•   Contact Ecampus to have a BuddyUp info page placed in the Start Here area of your Canvas course.

•   Encourage students to download the free BuddyUp app on their smartphone.

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