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Oregon State Ecampus launches podcast on research literacy in higher education

“Research in Action” is now available on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud

April 28, 2016


Heather Doherty


Katie Linder

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Ecampus has launched a weekly podcast, “Research in Action,” about topics and issues related to research in higher education.

“Research in Action” – or “RIA” – features interviews with experts across a range of disciplines who share their expertise on qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Guests also discuss their personal experiences as researchers; research and writing practices; organizational and productivity strategies; and more.

“The goal of the podcast is to do two things – increase research literacy and build community among researchers,” said Katie Linder, Ph.D., podcast host and research director at Oregon State Ecampus, a national leader in online education.

“Many episodes are focused on helping people understand a particular method or kind of role a researcher might have, while other episodes are meant to break researchers out of isolation and allow them to continue training in new methods or try new skills.”

Available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher, the podcast also features occasional solo episodes with Linder. Solo episodes are focused on practical topics, such as organizing research and juggling multiple projects, and are designed for listeners to reflect on their own experiences.

Katie Linder, Ecampus research director

Katie Linder, podcast host and research director at Oregon State Ecampus.

With a gamut of topics ranging from the role of a data analyst to juggling teaching, research and service, the podcast is designed for those conducting research in higher education, those who teach research methods and for undergraduate and graduate students who are considering a career involving research. However, with a variety of both broad and niche topics, the podcast also offers value for anyone with a desire to learn more about the scientific process and research conducted at universities.

“We are here to provide practical advice that people could put into practice immediately to impact their research,” Linder said. “My hope is that anyone who has an interest in learning more, or engaging with those who are conducting research in higher education will listen because there is a little bit of something for everyone.”

In addition to featuring guests from across the country, “RIA” is uniquely positioned to engage with OSU experts conducting research across the world through Oregon State’s land, sea, sun and space grant status.

“We’re really starting to learn what’s going on in our own backyard, which is exciting,” Linder said. “No researcher has all of the skills or expertise, and it’s incredibly valuable to have researchers come in with a diverse range of experiences and talk about these niche areas.”

The podcast features a dynamic website, which includes audio downloads, episode transcriptions, show notes and resources, an episode guide and more.

Listeners can engage with the podcast via email, on Twitter, through the comments and suggestions boxes, as well as by calling in to the voicemail line.

As of April 28, “Research in Action” has published four episodes and has received more than 600 downloads. Over a dozen guests have been pre-recorded and more than 10 episodes are in production.

Upcoming “Research in Action” episodes include:

  • Jim Kroll, Office of the Inspector General, National Science Foundation, discussing research misconduct.
  • Nina Huntemann, researcher at edX, learning new research skills at mid-career.
  • Joshua Weller, psychology researcher from OSU, discussing psychometrics.

Subscribe to “RIA”: RSS feed | iTunes | SoundCloud | Stitcher | Website
Connect with “RIA”: @RIA_podcast (#RIA_podcast) | Email | Voicemail: 541-737-1111


About Oregon State Ecampus: Oregon State Ecampus provides learners with access to a high-quality education no matter where they live. Ecampus delivers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs online to learners in all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Oregon State is consistently ranked among the nation’s best providers of online education. Learn more about OSU degrees online at