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Behind the Scenes with Dave Stemper, forest ecosystems & society instructor

Whether presenting at a conference, developing an open education resource, coordinating an environmental summer camp for youth, or instructing Oregon State students online and on campus, Dave Stemper’s deep-rooted environmental scholarship has been passed on widely to help shape a thoughtful new generation of natural resource managers and communicators.

Oregon State instructor Raven Chakerian is seated in a red office chair in front of a wall with two large windows. She wears a red and white patterned sleeveless shirt, and she holds her arms loosely crossed on the table in front of her. Raven is smiling at the brown-haired person seated across the table from her, whose head is partially visible from behind.

Behind the scenes with Raven Chakerian, Spanish and Italian instructor

Teaching immediately-applicable skills and guiding students on their multilingual journeys? Now you’re speaking Raven Chakerian’s language. Raven is an online instructor of Spanish and Italian at Oregon State University who realized her passion for languages and communication early on. Even outside of her formal education in Spanish, she pursued language learning through travel, community development, and social interactions. When she joined Oregon State Ecampus five years ago, teaching online was like learning a new language – conquering its challenges and new possibilities, she’s working toward fluency. 

When it comes to making research actionable, Oregon State Ecampus is leading the charge

Oregon State University Ecampus knows that as leaders in the field of higher education, there is a responsibility that comes with it: stay on top of the research. And what better way to do so than by being the ones to conduct the research?

Exploring the world of teaching online

Through Ecampus, instructors provide learners across the globe with access to the high-quality courses and programs they’ve come to expect from the nationally renowned online education program. Learn what Oregon State faculty and Ecampus staff recommend to first-time online instructors who are ready to begin their collaboration with Ecampus.

Nikki Brown, business and marketing instructor, Oregon State University

Behind the scenes with Nikki Brown, business and marketing instructor

There should have been no doubt that Nikki Brown’s career would revolve around business. Her childhood was marked by one clever business venture after another. From lemonade stands to selling lottery tickets (seriously), she was a one-kid start-up machine. Now she is an expert on marketing and consumer behavior who teaches courses online for Oregon State Ecampus on those very topics.

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.

Oregon State’s new research database responds to faculty skepticism of online, hybrid learning

Oregon State University Ecampus has developed a new research database that allows users to explore whether the learning outcomes of online and/or hybrid (online and in-person) education are equivalent to face-to-face environments.

Big questions need big answers. That’s our strong suit.

It was a fundamental question in search of a much-needed answer: How can distance students in introductory biology courses online learn to operate a microscope without being in a physical laboratory? The simple answer was that they couldn’t. So Oregon State fixed that problem by developing a first-of-its-kind, 3D virtual microscope that increases student access to learning and eliminates a barrier to degree completion.

Getting to know Karen Watté

OSU Ecampus assistant director of course development and training In 2014, Oregon State Ecampus won the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Award for Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching. The award had Karen Watté’s fingerprints all over it. For nearly a decade, Karen has played a vital role in the Ecampus faculty development program, which aims […]

Behind the scenes with Justin Wolford, computer science instructor

Justin Wolford took awhile to discover that teaching computer science was his desired profession. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications, then enrolled at Oregon State to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science. After an internship at NASA, he soon realized that he liked teaching more than research, so he exited the CS program after earning his master’s. Now he’s an instructor in OSU’s highly popular, online post-baccalaureate computer science program.