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The 3 most valuable skills for online teaching, according to long-term instructors

The Oregon State Ecampus Research Unit conducted interviews with 33 faculty members who have taught online at OSU for 10 years or more. This post discusses the results from one of the interview questions in this study: “What skills do you think are most valuable for online instructors to have?” A qualitative analysis of this question revealed some useful and timely information for instructors who may be teaching or planning to teach online.

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Rising to the challenge to meet the needs of students and faculty

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust an opportunity upon online education professionals under very unfortunate circumstances. Now is the time for us to “get out of our lane,” so to speak, and show how we will support an entire educational enterprise for the advancement of our universities. Online education is on display like never before, and it is crucial that we rise to the occasion by sharing the collective leadership and knowledge we have that has led to many educational innovations in recent years.

Scott Akins, a professor of sociology at Oregon State University, poses in front of a building. Scott's teachings focus largely on crime and justice.

Crime and justice is a key focus of Oregon State online sociology degree

When Scott Akins was “a bit of a juvenile delinquent” growing up. Now he’s a Ph.D. professor of sociology at Oregon State University. “After experiencing criminal behavior and law enforcement from the ‘other side,’ I became very interested in studying the behavior, why it occurs and what can be done to prevent it,” Akins says. That’s precisely what students can study as part of the crime and justice option in Oregon State’s online sociology bachelor’s degree program.

A person's gloved hand reaches toward a discarded plastic water bottle on the ocean sand, with other people in the background also involved in the cleanup effort. Environmental and natural resource option in Oregon State's sociology bachelor's degree program.

Oregon State’s online sociology degree adds environmental focus

The OSU Ecampus sociology online bachelor’s degree program gives students the ability to enroll in an environmental and natural resource option. The multidisciplinary coursework in this option examines environmental issues from a social science perspective, and it provides an in-depth analysis of how societies interact with their biophysical environments.

Oregon State faculty, staff earn awards for online learning innovation, engagement

At OSU Ecampus, we partner with nearly 1,000 Oregon State faculty members each year, and we constantly stand in awe of their expertise and innovation. The annual Oregon State Ecampus Awards recognize our outstanding partners who go above and beyond. This year, we honor five faculty and staff members who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and student success in everything they do.

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OSU Ecampus publishes resources to help K-12 teachers, parents with remote instruction

Oregon State University’s nationally ranked online Ecampus program has published a collection of resource guides to assist K-12 teachers, administrators and parents in helping students learn remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collection of quick reference guides is available to the public online and was developed by the Oregon State Ecampus course development and training team.

Student-centered remote teaching: Lessons learned from online education

While online and remote education may not be synonymous, today’s new remote educators can benefit from the “lessons learned” by experienced online educators who are providing high-quality, engaging learning experiences for their students. The one “lesson learned” I see as the most significant for faculty as they begin to teach from a distance is to consider the new learning environment from a student-centered perspective.

Oregon State Lily Ranjbar inspects a circuitboard with a colleague in a lab at Oregon State University. Ranjbar teaches radiation health physics online at OSU.

Radiation health physics instructor is on a path toward global peace

Ph.D. faculty Lily Ranjbar teaches online while leading research on radioxenon detection By Meriden Vitale March 25, 2020 When Lily Ranjbar, director of online programs for the College of Engineering’s School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, left Iran to pursue her doctorate in the United States, she didn’t know when she would get to return. Continuing […]

Bob Santelli, is on stage in a suit, giving a talk.

Oregon State popular music director and soon-to-be Ecampus instructor wins Grammy Award

Oregon State University’s Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts, Bob Santelli, won a Grammy Award on Sunday night. Luckily for Oregon State students, his portfolio will soon include an online course for OSU Ecampus, too.

Ana-Maria M'Enesti, French instructor for Oregon State University Ecampus

French online instructor creates an active, effective learning environment

Learning a new language can be a rewarding experience. But it also implies taking risks, being vulnerable and sometimes working through confusion and frustration. It’s with this understanding that instructor Ana-Maria M’Enesti develops French online courses for OSU Ecampus. “I create my lessons and assessments with a compassionate approach, aiming to encourage deep learning through meaningful interactions,” she says.