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A view of a crop field

Oregon State’s online degree in crop and soil science emphasizes advanced technologies

Driven by a slew of innovative technologies to teach course concepts, Oregon State University this spring will begin offering a bachelor’s degree in crop and soil science 100 percent online. The program will be the only one of its kind in the nation and expects to reach an underserved audience of working professionals in rural areas who have limited access to higher education opportunities.

A screenshot of the virtual greenhouse used in Alyssa Duval's online classrooms. On the nearest table in the greenhouse, there are several potted plants with white label cards in front of them.

Virtually bringing students closer to nature

Oregon State Ecampus students are experts at adapting to their environment. They turn coffee shops into classrooms and living rooms into lecture halls. But for students taking crop science classes online, they needed a more lifelike way to learn about plants from a distance. And now they’re getting their hands “dirty” by digging into a variety of crops in a 3D virtual greenhouse.

A member of the Oregon State Ecampus staff helps demonstrate a virtual reality assignment to an attendee of the faculty forum event.

Great ideas are worth sharing

From virtual reality labs to online field trips, innovations in course development help make Ecampus a nationally ranked leader in online education, creating innovative and accessible ways for students to engage with course materials, their classmates and instructors.

Lucas Kopecky Bobadilla, a master’s student in crop science, holds his framed winning photo in the Memorial Union quad.

Through an artist’s lens

“It is great to have your vision and art chosen to represent our university during summer. That is the point of photography to me – to touch everybody with the feeling and the moment frozen in one frame, and I think I achieved that with this photo,” says Lucas Kopecky Bobadilla, the 2017 #myOSUsummer photo contest grand prize winner.