Spring 2010 Issue

Faculty E-News

OSU Ecampus eFaculty News
"Your Electronic Link to Teaching at a Distance"

Published by: OSU Extended Campus
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; Spring 2010 Issue

April 26, 2010

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Lisa TempletonNew Enrollment Milestones in Online Learning

Lisa Templeton, Executive Director

The demand for online courses and programs at OSU is at an all-time high. Enrollment in Ecampus’ courses continues to grow at an amazing rate. Student credit hours (SCH) increased from over 62,000 in 2008/9 to almost 80,000 SCH in 2009/2010. Spring term unduplicated headcount reached a new high with over 4,000 students taking Ecampus courses. With our partnering departments we introduced new programs in Anthropology, Fisheries and Wildlife, GIScience, Horticulture and Women Studies.

We are not alone in this trend of growth. The Sloan Consortium's report, "Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States, 2009," stated that “for the past six years online enrollments have been growing substantially faster than overall higher education enrollments.”

Other interesting facts from the Sloan report are:

  • Over 4.6 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2008 term, a 17 percent increase over the number reported the previous year.
  • The 17 percent growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 1.2 percent growth of the overall higher education student population.
  • More than one in four college and university students now takes at least one course online.
If you are interested in learning more about what is happening at OSU’s Ecampus and in the field of online education, I invite you to attend our Faculty Forum on May 13th (RSVP before 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 7th). At the forum we will elaborate on the current trends and discuss the future of online education. A diverse group of OSU faculty members will be there to share their successes and best practices in teaching online.

Our Ecampus staff will be on hand to discuss the services that we provide, which include:

  • Assistance in course development, multimedia production and design
  • Market analysis and development for programs delivered through Ecampus
  • Variety of faculty and learner services including test proctoring, textbooks and online tutoring.
If you are unable to attend the forum or would like to talk separately, please don’t hesitate to contact me. We are always happy to share ideas, show exemplary courses, or answer any questions.

Lisa L. Templeton
Executive Director
OSU Extended Campus

Spring Faculty ForumSpring 2010 Faculty Forum - May 13th!

You’re invited to the OSU Extended Campus Spring Faculty Forum Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. OSU’s CH2M HILL Alumni Center RSVP before 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 7th

Ecampus is hosting our third annual Spring Faculty Forum. This forum will showcase current Ecampus instructors’ courses and will provide opportunities to discuss personal experiences and best practices of online course development and innovative teaching methods.

Some of the topics include:

  • Engaging students in an online discussion
  • Fieldwork in a Fisheries & Wildlife course
  • Working with a TA for Effective Course Management
  • Technology Petting Zoo - Multimedia showcase - Blackboard 9 preview
  • Hands-on labs in online science courses
  • Online language learning - instructor & student perspectives
  • Getting started with Ecampus - a novice’s experience
Please feel free to invite your TAs or other OSU colleagues who would find the event informative.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served on the day of the forum, so please be sure to fill out the RSVP form.

Four door prizes (Flip Cameras) will be given at various times throughout the day. You must be present to win.

We hope that you will be able to attend our forum, and look forward to meeting you in person!

Mandy Misner
Course Development & Training

HTML5 Video PlayerNew HTML5 Video Player

There is a new HTML5 Video Player option now available. This allows users with iPhones, iPads, or iPod Touches to view course videos on their devices. To access the new player, just view a video in the Blackboard course and click on "Switch to HTML5 Video Player."

If you have questions, contact:

Victor Yee
Lead Multimedia Developer
Course Development & Training

How to Download Your Grade Center

Reminder: Your grade center will be cleared of student records shortly after the last day of the term. However, you can keep a copy of your Grade Center by downloading it to your computer anytime during the term by doing the following:

  1. From your Grade Center, click the Manage button.
  2. Click Download.
  3. In the Download Grades screen, specify what information you want downloaded, the delimiter type (choose Tab if you want to open data into Excel), and where to save the file.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Click the Download button and then Save when prompted.
  6. In the Save As dialog box, choose the location on your computer to save the file and rename it, if desired.
For more Blackboard tutorials, visit Blackboard Faculty Manual & Tutorials.

Karen Watte
Faculty Training Coordinator

Help your students

Help us help you and your students!

Ecampus course offerings are growing! There have been some changes with procedures and other information that you should be aware of.


  • Please submit early – Bookstore web orders for distance students are sent out first.
  • Submit your whole textbook order at the same time.
  • DO NOT change or add to your order without consulting with Extended Campus first.
  • If using a course packet, list it on your textbook order and contact Printing & Mailing to order your course packets (the OSU Bookstore does NOT do this for you).
  • If no text is required in your course, you must still submit your textbook order indicating this.
  • View a step-by-step instructions slideshow for additional information.
  • To grant student’s registration overrides, we require the instructor permission via email, including the student’s OSU ID #, course, and CRN of course to help expedite the process.
Second Week Adds
  • Before approving a second week add, please make sure the student will be able to successfully complete the course since true Distance Ed students are at a disadvantage: it takes additional time for course materials to reach them.
Third Week Adds
  • Students are required to submit a petition for a late add of a course in week three. In this case, department, instructor, and advisors' approvals are required for degree-seeking students. When we notify the student that a petition is necessary, they need to act on it ASAP. Until this gets processed by the Registrar’s Office they have no access to the course in Blackboard. Please also provide the student information listed above under Second Week Adds.
Incomplete Grades
  • If you make a mistake and forget to indicate the correct Incomplete grade code (i.e. I/C) and only list the ''C,'' you will now need to fill out a Change of Grade in Excess of One Year form, with an explanation of why it’s being granted, and send both to Amy Flint, Assistant Registrar.

    If you have any questions or need help, please don’t hesitate to contact Vickie Bailey, Administrative Program Specialist at 541-737-1280.


Pachyderm Multimedia Training

As you may have heard, there has been a lot of excitement at OSU about the deployment of Pachyderm. Pachyderm is a multimedia authoring tool that enables you to easily create dynamic Flash web presentations and learning modules using video, audio, photos/images and text. The resulting interactive online modules can offer a powerful new learning tool for research, Extension and teaching at OSU.

Pachyderm was developed primarily to allow anyone to develop multimedia presentations with much less effort than when using standard multimedia authoring tools. To view samples of Pachyderm modules created by OSU faculty and staff, and to find out more about Pachyderm, please visit Pachyderm at OSU EESC.

We still have some seats available for our next Pachyderm hands-on workshop to be held June 3-4, 2010 on the OSU campus. The training will require a two-day commitment. There is limited seating, so please RSVP to jeff.hino@oregonstate.edu as soon as possible.

Jeff Hino
Lifelong Learning Leader

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