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Category Archives: Open Oregon State

Screen shot of radiographic anatomy module

Open-source module helps alleviate financial burden on VetMed students

Sarah Nemanic, an associate professor of diagnostic imaging in the College of Veterinary Medicine, recently led the creation of a self-study computer module for students, veterinarians and faculty to learn, review and be tested on normal veterinary radiographic anatomy. Not only is it a must-have resource for all VetMed students, but it’s also a free one. Nemanic worked with Open Oregon State to develop an open-source module that is freely accessible to learners all over the world.

Microbiology instructor solves a costly problem for students, increases access to learning

Linda Bruslind estimated that less than half of the students in her General Microbiology course were buying and using the required publisher’s textbook. To put it another way, the majority of her MB 302 students did not have access to vital learning resource in large part because it was cost prohibitive. (A new copy of the latest publisher’s edition runs nearly $250.) She decided to fix the problem.

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.

Oregon State physics instructor K.C. Walsh writes on a lightboard.

The future of education is wide open

K.C. Walsh, a senior instructor of physics at Oregon State University, long ago realized how burdensome the financial situation is for students. In sports terms, the textbook publishing companies are winning, and it’s a blowout. Financially, the students continually come up short. That’s why Walsh decided to change the game by embracing the open educational resource (OER) movement and giving his students access to no-cost and low-cost course materials.

Getting to know Emily Henry

For scientist and instructor Emily Henry, the pursuit of knowledge is the perpetual force behind her career. As one of PACE’s three assistant directors, Emily uses her extensive background in science, policy and communication to connect the dots for professional and continuing education at Oregon State.

Getting to know Dianna Fisher

When Oregon State Extended Campus developed a unit focused on online educational resources (OER) in 2013, it turned to Dianna Fisher. Dianna already had more than a decade of experience working with university faculty, mostly as the director of online course development and training for OSU Ecampus. She was appointed director of Open Oregon State in early 2014 and has played a vital role in making college more affordable for students and giving educators broader access to the tools they need.

OSU wins grant to adapt free biology textbook, cut $100K in student costs

Oregon State University is increasing its efforts to make college more affordable, particularly through the use of free, open access textbooks and other essential course materials. The latest example came when the university was awarded a $30,000 grant by the State of Oregon to adapt a biology textbook that will be freely accessible to OSU students and learners worldwide. It is one of 16 open textbooks in use or in production at Oregon State. Read more about the grant and the work being done by Open Oregon State.

OSU to offer free, massive online course in eco-friendly landscape design

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is providing free access to the knowledge and tools needed to help combat climate change and other world issues in a massive open online course, or MOOC, on sustainable landscape design this spring. The four-week course, Intro to Permaculture, is a public education project that will enable students worldwide […]

OSU’s first free, massive course attracts thousands worldwide

CORVALLIS, Ore. – More than 5,000 students from around the world enrolled in Oregon State University’s first massive open online course, or MOOC, which launched Oct. 1. The free, eight-week course, Supporting English Language Learners under New Standards, is offered in partnership with Stanford University and is funded by the Oregon Department of Education. The […]

OSU to offer free, massive course online with Stanford, Oregon Dept. of Education

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University will launch its first massive open online course (MOOC) this fall, partnering with Stanford University and the Oregon Department of Education to deliver a free, professional learning opportunity to potentially thousands of K-12 educators in the state and around the world. The eight-week course, Supporting English Language Learners under […]