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About the Ecampus Research Unit


To support Oregon State University’s mission and vision by conducting world-class research on online education that develops knowledge, serves our students and contributes to the economic, social, cultural and environmental progress of Oregonians, as well as national and international communities of teachers and learners.

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) makes research actionable through the creation of evidence-based resources related to effective online teaching, learning and program administration toward the fulfillment of the goals of Oregon State’s mission.

Specifically, the research unit conducts original research, creates and validates instruments, supports full-cycle assessment loops for internal programs, and provides resources to encourage faculty research and external grant applications related to online teaching and learning.

Research priorities

With nationally ranked online programs delivered by Oregon State Ecampus, OSU can make significant contributions to the field of online teaching and learning research in the following four areas:

  • Access
  • Quality
  • Administrative excellence
  • Adult learners

The ECRU prioritizes research that crosses multiple 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.