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About the Ecampus Research Unit


To be leaders in the field of online higher education research through contributing new knowledge to the field, advancing research literacy, building researcher communities and guiding national conversations around actionable research in online teaching and learning.

2018 UPCEA Research and Scholarship AwardPlay

We’re in the business of innovative research

In recognition of its efforts, the Ecampus Research Unit was awarded the 2018 UPCEA Research and Scholarship Award for its pioneering research on instructional designers. Watch the video above to learn more.


The Ecampus Research Unit (ECRU) responds to and forecasts the needs and challenges of the online education field through conducting original research; fostering strategic collaborations; and creating evidence-based resources and tools that contribute to effective online teaching, learning and program administration.

Focus areas

As a research unit dedicated to responding to and forecasting the needs and challenges of the field of online teaching and learning, we focus on the following areas:

  • Exploring the efficacy of modalities, technologies and pedagogical methods
  • Promoting research literacy and evidence-based decision-making
  • Building communities to support and encourage research networks

The ECRU prioritizes actionable research and projects that cross more than one of these areas.

Our staff

Learn more about the ECRU staff. Our office is located in The Valley Library on Oregon State University’s main campus. If you would like more information, please contact us.