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Our lives are often made better because of technological advances and the ways in which we interact with computers. This is increasingly true in the field of psychology, one in which industry professionals and the people who benefit from psychological services use technology to conduct business and communicate. Read more »

A view of a bay with bright blue water in Hawai'i, taken from the Ala Kahakai Trail.

A biological, cultural approach to conservation begins at home – and online

Cayla “La” Crivello wanted to find a way to impact her community without having to leave it. What she found was Oregon State University Ecampus and an environmental sciences degree that she could complete without having to leave Hawai’i. And now? She’s engaging with her local and state government and working in conservation.

A photo of two people working at a desk and looking at a computer. Accompanying the photo is a quote from Oregon State University software engineering assistant professor Lara Letaw that says, "Besides reducing financial burden on students, OER’s ... also increase possibilities for incorporating more voices into the knowledge we’re imparting to students.”

OER at Work: Ditching traditional textbooks for a true ‘companion’ to learning

Cut down on chapter length. Get rid of drawn-out, technical explanations. Connect the text directly to the coursework. Oh, and make it free to every student who needs it. Those were a few of the goals Lara Letaw established when she set out to write a textbook on software engineering.

When does online class size matter? Read the study

The Oregon State Ecampus Research Unit recently conducted a study on a rarely researched topic in online education: class size. What the researchers found is that students’ grades were higher in certain online classes that had lower enrollment, and that it may be beneficial to limit particular kinds of courses to 30 students or fewer.

Open access

Finding a new, prominent home for Oregon State’s OER

Oregon State University’s expanding collection of open educational resources is now available in one of the world’s largest OER repositories, giving users greater access to the university’s no-cost course materials in a single location. OER Commons is a freely accessible, online library that invites educators and students at Oregon State and worldwide to discover open textbooks and other freely available instructional materials.

5 time management tips for online students

Mastering the art of time management is easier said than done. The good news for you is that our expert teams of instructional designers and student success coaches has many years of experience in devising the best short-term and long-term strategies that lead to real-life academic success for online students.

OER at Work: A book on keeping information private that’s available for all to read

In the introduction to the textbook she authored on digital security, Oregon State University associate professor Glencora Borradaile writes in part that they want the book “to be accessible to any curious person.” This means that the information within can ideally be understood even by those without a background in cryptography. But the desire for it to be “accessible” is twofold.

Samantha Chisholm Hatfield sits on a traditional tribal blanket in a traditional garment, holding a fan made of feathers.

Providing support comes second to understanding the needs of Native American students

Through Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield’s own rigorous education and personal experience, she’s helped build a support network for Oregon State’s Indigenous students. And she serves as a point of connection for those students, including those who may never meet her in person because she knows how essential that feeling of belonging can be to student success.

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Serving tribal communities through online education

New trends are emerging in online education that require both our attention and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. At Oregon State University Ecampus, we’re starting to see more traditionally diverse students choose online education. This, along with a leadership-driven commitment to repair and rebuild relationships with tribal communities, led to the launch of our Ecampus Tribal Communities Initiative in 2019.

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