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How to choose the best school for online degrees

At Oregon State Ecampus, we’ve devoted 20+ years to infusing every online course with the level of quality you deserve. But what do we mean by “quality”? It’s an important question to ask (and answer), so here are five specific things to look for as you evaluate the quality of an institution’s online learning experience.

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Environmental sciences online master’s program yields career rewards for graduate

When she retraces the path that led to her current role as an environmental analyst for local government, Kaitlin Thurman points to four ways Oregon State Ecampus and its environmental sciences master’s program helped make her dream a reality.

How to network as an online student

Simple ‘tricks’ on how to network online as an Ecampus student

Networking online is simply engaging in genuine relationships. I was authentically interested in my professors and fellow students, and it was this sincere interest and profound respect that led to wonderful experiences as an Oregon State Ecampus student. Even though it took a little courage, I did a couple of things that made a world of difference in online networking for me.

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Oregon State Everywhere: Driven to change lives through computer science online

“I honestly have loved my experience online with Oregon State University. It’s been thrilling to pursue this dream. I have a bachelor’s degree and MBA already, but I wanted to pursue a postbaccalaureate degree in computer science online in hopes of making a profound impact in health care technology.” — Shane Adams, OSU Ecampus computer science student

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Violinist melds music, mindfulness with an Oregon State language and liberal arts degree online

Rebecca Sabine Ramsey had enjoyed a colorful career playing music alongside everyone from Frank Sinatra to Celine Dion, but by 2020, this professional violinist was ready for her next act. So she enrolled with Oregon State University Ecampus, determined to finish her bachelor’s degree online and discover new ways to incorporate her passion for mindfulness more deeply into her day job.

The basics of online learning from an OSU Ecampus student

Online classes: The basics for beginners

When I first started thinking about going to school online, I was completely clueless as to what I should expect. Of course, I knew what the internet was and the basics of how to use a computer, but I felt pretty intimidated about online classes because I honestly had no idea how earning a degree from a distance worked. Even if I was anxious and a little embarrassed about my lack of online skills, I was determined to finish my degree.

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What are the keys to effective online course development?

How do you create robust and engaging online courses that bring Oregon State’s faculty expertise to students worldwide? A deep dive into the course development process reveals a number of things. Each course development is a custom build, and we pursue quality throughout every stage, ensuring that students are presented with the best possible learning experience.

A black and white photo of a flooded community taken from above showcases the extent of the Vanport disaster.

Intersectional education at work

Lynette de Silva is co-director of Oregon State’s water conflict management and transformation program. She is one of many expert OSU faculty members looking at history through a new lens, asking important questions about things like how race played a part in disasters. Read about de Silva’s research into the 1948 Vanport flood.

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Leading in the world’s new education landscape

Oregon State Ecampus associate provost Lisa L. Templeton shares her insights on why the professional, continuing and online (PCO) education community is uniquely positioned to lead in the world’s new education landscape. That begins by creating pathways to more affordable learning experiences and alternative credentials.