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Tyler Hansen

Tyler Hansen is a writer for Oregon State University Ecampus. He primarily writes feature stories on the Oregon State students and faculty who learn and teach online, news stories and articles that provide readers with the information they need to continue their educational journeys. Prior to starting at Oregon State in 2011, he worked as a sports writer, journalism teacher and arts and entertainment editor. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona.
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How to choose the best school for online degrees

At Oregon State Ecampus, we’ve devoted 20+ years to infusing every online course with the level of quality you deserve. But what do we mean by “quality”? It’s an important question to ask (and answer), so here are five specific things to look for as you evaluate the quality of an institution’s online learning experience.

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Leading in the world’s new education landscape

Oregon State Ecampus associate provost Lisa L. Templeton shares her insights on why the professional, continuing and online (PCO) education community is uniquely positioned to lead in the world’s new education landscape. That begins by creating pathways to more affordable learning experiences and alternative credentials.

3 reasons to earn a business and communications microcredential online

The field of business and communications is rapidly evolving. And employers need people with the relevant and in-demand skills to meet organizational needs. Enter: microcredentials. In a few short courses, you can gain skills in business and communications and earn a digital badge to signify to employers your unique skills.

5 lessons learned from developing and launching microcredentials online

Oregon State Ecampus spearheaded the university’s initiative to develop and launch microcredentials, which are for-credit sequences that consist of at least three courses and 8 credits. While all internal OSU partners were highly supportive, it was somewhat challenging for a four-year public institution that has offered traditional credentials for more than 150 years. Here are five lessons learned from the experience.

Taking wildlife research to the next level with online data analytics master’s program

Brent Wolf is a wildlife research biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He’s also a student in Oregon State’s online data analytics master’s program. He was drawn to the program as a way to get a leg up in his current role, and so far it has paid off. “Going for the M.S. in Data Analytics has opened some doors for me that were previously closed,” he said.

Oregon State Everywhere: ‘Consider where you want to go, not where you are’

Justin Nelson says the topics covered in Oregon State’s online environmental sciences master’s degree program are ideal for helping students who want to change careers “break into new markets and industries.” Earning a professional science master’s led Justin to a new role working in corporate sustainability strategy.

Tuition benefit from Guild Education gives workers ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to learn online

Marcus Mateus is one of a growing number of working professionals in the United States enrolling online with Oregon State thanks to collaborations with organizations like Guild Education that offer their employees and members a tuition benefit. Mateus calls it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for workers like him who now have affordable access to an Oregon State education online.

10 research-based principles paint a picture of what good online teaching looks like

Oregon State Ecampus developed Online Teaching Principles, a resource that helps paint a picture of what good online teaching looks like. These evidence-based principles point faculty to key resources for further reading and exploration, and, very importantly, they have been “road-tested” by experienced faculty who teach online to help promote buy-in.

Data analytics alumna: Oregon State has ‘all the tools’ for student success online

Audrey Dickinson was working as an engineer at HP in Corvallis when she realized that a better understanding of data would make her work even more impactful. Oregon State’s two-year online M.S. in Data Analytics gave her the flexibility to earn her credentials while still working full time at HP. “There are a lot of great professors and the coursework was very valuable. Right away, I applied things that I was learning to my real-life job,” she said.

‘Is it too late to go back to school?’ And other questions from adult learners

Starting something new is always daunting, but returning to something you put down a long time ago can often be just as intimidating. Before you talk yourself out of going back to school because you feel too old to dust off your “learning cap,” let’s answer a few questions, including what programs are best for adult learners and what to expect when going back to school as an adult.