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About the Online Teaching and Learning Research Seminars

The Oregon State University Ecampus Online Teaching and Learning Research Seminars program supports multi-institutional research on topics related to college-level online and blended/hybrid teaching and learning. Each year, individual researchers at higher education institutions around the world are invited to apply for one of eight participant spots. Accepted participants will collaborate on research over two academic years, including week-long, in-person meetings each summer in Corvallis, Oregon.


The goal of the Online Teaching and Learning Research Seminars program is to facilitate collaboration within diverse cohorts of scholars and practitioners in higher education. Additionally, the program aims to:

  • Build community among online teaching and learning researchers from a range of institutions
  • Create space for multi-institutional collaboration and networking around online teaching and learning research
  • Publish research findings in a range of mediums (peer-reviewed papers, white papers, reports, etc.) to advance the field of online teaching and learning


Each cohort will address a different topic area within online and/or blended/hybrid teaching and learning. The inaugural cohort is pursing research in the area of learning analytics. The next cohort will apply meta-analysis to synthesize research studies in online education. We invite scholars and practitioners representing a range of disciplines to apply.


Oregon State University Ecampus will support multi-institutional collaborative research on this topic over a two-year period, including three one-week summer meetings on the Oregon State University campus.

Year 1 Participants will meet to develop research questions and plan small team research projects to be conducted throughout the following year.

  • July 15-19, 2019 (cohort 1)
  • July 13-17, 2020 (cohort 2)

Year 2 Participants will meet to share their initial results, plan data analysis and plan the research activities for year two.

  • July 6-10, 2020 (cohort 1)
  • July 19-23, 2021 (cohort 2)

Year 3 Participants will meet to share the results of their year two research projects and plan for the dissemination of the results and the continuation of their work.

  • July 12-16, 2021 (cohort 1)
  • July 18-22, 2022 (cohort 2)


Expenses: Accepted participants collaborate over two academic years, with three one-week in-person summer meetings in Corvallis, Oregon. Each participant accepted to the program will receive accommodation, including lodging, all meals, as well as a $500 travel stipend for the annual in-person meetings.

Travel and Accommodation: We will provide transportation to/from the Portland International Airport (PDX) or the Eugene Airport (EUG) and the Oregon State University campus. If you will be driving to the campus, please let us know in advance so we can arrange for a parking permit. Each participant will have a private hotel room at a hotel near Oregon State University’s campus.

Meals: All meals will be provided. Participants will be able to receive modifications for dietary restrictions or accommodations.

About the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit: The Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit conducts award-winning research on online education. Its mission is to make online teaching and learning research actionable.

About Oregon State University: As one of only two universities in the nation designated as a land, sea, space and sun grant, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 31,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.

About Corvallis: Corvallis is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, within 90 minutes of the Portland Metropolitan area, the Oregon coast and world-class skiing. Corvallis has a residential population of more than 58,000.


Please direct your questions about the ECRU Research Seminars to Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, director of the Ecampus Research Unit.