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Want to know what some of the top minds in online education are thinking about?

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Explore cutting-edge research in the field of online education by reading the eight scholarly articles and trade publications the Oregon State Ecampus team published in 2023

As a part of Oregon State University’s Division of Educational Ventures, the Oregon State Ecampus staff is guided by an organizational culture that prioritizes learning, research and knowledge-sharing. In everything we do, our team is committed to the idea of continuous improvement, trying to find new and better solutions, and bringing others along in our discoveries.

It’s in that spirit that we want to share a roundup of the scholarly publications and trade publications that Oregon State Ecampus colleagues published in 2023. We hope you find something inspiring and helpful in these resources.

1. From online learner readiness to lifelong learning skills: A validation study

Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, director, Ecampus Research Unit
Naomi R. Aguiar, associate director, Ecampus Research Unit
With co-author Carolyn Andrews, Brigham Young University
Published in the Online Learning Journal

This was a collaborative research study that focused on developing a tool that defined the skills needed for lifelong learning and that helps students improve their skills and strategies for success. You can read more about the tool and the study here

2. Amplifying student and administrator perspectives on equity and bias in learning analytics: Alone together in higher education

Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, director, Ecampus Research Unit
With co-authors: Rebecca E. Heiser (Athabasca University), Allen Brown (Carnegie Mellon University), Benjamin Croft (University of Colorado Boulder)
Published in the Journal of Learning Analytics

Dello Stritto co-authored this journal article with researchers from four other universities, who were all part of a learning analytics cohort, led by the Ecampus Research Unit. The article focuses on equity and bias in data collected about online learners. You can read more about the study here

3. Cultivating a mindset for inclusive learning design

Nadia Jaramillo Cherrez, senior instructional designer, Oregon State Ecampus
Elisabeth Babcock McBrien, instructional designer, Oregon State Ecampus
With co-author Christine Scott, University of California Santa Cruz
Published in the book “Toward Inclusive Learning Design”

This chapter focuses on the role instructors and instructional designers play in creating inclusive learning design. The authors offer an approach that’s grounded in the assumption of student diversity as an asset and tips for how to cultivate that mindset.

4. Scenarios and solutions

Phillip Chambers, instructional designer, Oregon State Ecampus
Published in the book “Guide to digital accessibility: Policies, practices and professional development” 

Accessibility is an important and ongoing consideration in building online courses, and in this chapter, Chambers provides a practical guide for common accessibility challenges that instructional designers face.

5. Many Lenses with One Focus: Making Philosophy Learning Meaningful through Collaborative Design

Tianhong Shi, senior instructional designer, Oregon State Ecampus
Jonathan Kaplan, professor of philosophy, Oregon State University
Published in the Journal of Educational Research & Practice

Shi and Kaplan document their collaborative efforts to redesign “Great Ideas in Philosophy” utilizing the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework. They aimed to create a welcoming space for a diverse student body, to help students see philosophy as a diverse field, and to provide an engaging and meaningful learning experience.

6. Strategies for Exploring Technology as a Proctoring Solution

Tay McEdwards, proctoring manager, Oregon State Ecampus
Published in the Northwest eLearning Journal 

McEdwards has over ten years of experience in online exam proctoring and thinks deeply about accessibility and equity. He put together a helpful framework for others exploring technology options in online proctoring. You can read an adaptation of his journal article here

7. Planning for Quality Assurance in Online Education

Shannon Riggs, associate vice provost of educational programs and learning innovation, Oregon State’s Division of Educational Ventures
With co-author Onesimus Otieno, Oakwood University
Published in The Sage Handbook of Online Higher Education 

The SAGE Handbook of Online Higher Education is an essential resource for educators, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners who seek to understand and shape the future of higher education in the digital age. Riggs co-authored a chapter for this collection about quality assurance in online education — an area that Ecampus is deeply familiar with, given our strict adherence to quality standards.

8. Online, but not on your own: Supporting native and indigenous student success with online learning

Marleigh Perez, senior director of student success, Oregon State Ecampus
Eddie Rodriguez, student engagement program manager, Oregon State Ecampus
Published in the book “Race and rurality: Considerations for advancing higher education equity”

Perez and Rodriguez co-authored a chapter that lays out recommendations for other universities looking to better support Native and Indigenous students. The chapter draws from their shared experience in helping to build an online tribal communities initiative at Oregon State University. You can read more about their work here.

These eight publications represent just one small part of the research, collaboration and thinking that happened at Ecampus in 2023. The entire Division of Educational Ventures prides itself on being a hub for educational research and innovation — with a team that always wants to know what works, what doesn’t, and how we can bring the best online and alternative educational opportunities to as many people as possible.


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