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Get ahead of the game: Plan for summer term

Whether you would like to complete an entire year’s worth of language requirements in one term or you’re planning around a summer vacation, Oregon State University’s unique summer session term allows you to design your schedule your way.

Virtually bringing students closer to nature

Oregon State Ecampus students are experts at adapting to their environment. They turn coffee shops into classrooms and living rooms into lecture halls. But for students taking crop science classes online, they needed a more lifelike way to learn about plants from a distance. And now they’re getting their hands “dirty” by digging into a variety of crops in a 3D virtual greenhouse.

At the forefront of innovation

The annual Oregon State University Division of Extended Campus Awards recognize faculty partners who have gone above and beyond to improve the learning environment and outcomes for distance students.

Behind the scenes with Ann Scheerer, sustainability double degree program academic advisor, instructor

“We are inspiring our students to think differently and create new systems of collaboration and sharing to minimize use of resources, reduce emissions, adapt to changing conditions and create healthy sustainable communities and economies,” says Ann Scheerer, sustainability double degree program academic advisor and instructor.

We’re in the business of innovative research

In recognition of its efforts, the Ecampus Research Unit was recently awarded the 2018 UPCEA Research and Scholarship Award for its pioneering research on instructional designers.

When it comes to making research actionable, Oregon State Ecampus is leading the charge

Oregon State University Ecampus knows that as leaders in the field of higher education, there is a responsibility that comes with it: stay on top of the research. And what better way to do so than by being the ones to conduct the research?

Behind the scenes with Kok-Mun Ng, Counseling Academic Unit program chair

Kok-Mun Ng believes that a counselor never stops learning. As the Counseling Academic Unit program chair and a professor of counseling education, he has modeled constant growth for Oregon State students since 2013.

Breaking the mold

What if part of your teacher education included an intensive, 2-year residency inside a public school where you co-taught with – and were mentored by – a seasoned teacher from day one? (Think medical school residencies, but in schools instead of hospitals.) A newly-launched, graduate program is doing this, and more.

OSU graduates have the confidence to say ‘good enough’ is never good enough

Jessica Nguyen-Ventura knows firsthand what it’s like to be a minority student, to be tagged as unlikely to succeed. Not only has she defied that label, she has made it her career to ensure all children in Oregon have an equal opportunity for success.

Behind the scenes with Dawn Marie Gaid, environmental sciences academic advisor

“Because this major aligns with my values, I find it easy to cheerlead any student dedicated to the mission of protecting/conserving the environment,” says environmental sciences academic advisor Dawn Marie Gaid.