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White Papers

Supported by Oregon State Ecampus, a nationally ranked leader in online education, the Ecampus Research Fellows Program consists of Oregon State faculty members who are engaged in producing original research with the aim of advancing the field of distance/online education as it relates to access and instructional excellence.

As part of the Research Fellows Program and in alignment with the Ecampus Research Unit’s mission of making online teaching and learning research actionable, each research fellow produces a white paper to inform readers about topics related to online education research design or methodology.

2017-18 Research Fellows

Hommel, D. (2019). Potential for experiential education in distance learning contexts. White Paper. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit. [PDF]

Sanchez, C. A. (2019). Can concept-mapping exercises enhance learning in online courses? White Paper. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit. [PDF]

2016-17 Research Fellows

Becker-Blease. K., & Almuaybid, A. (2018). Randomized controlled trials in online higher education research. White Paper. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit. [PDF]

Hsieh, P.-H., Chang, X., & Olstad, A. (2018). Using a Q Matrix to assess students’ latent skills in an online course. White Paper. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit. [PDF]

Jenkins, S. (2018). Evaluating the impact of engaged Philosophy in the online classroom: Lessons learned. White Paper. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit. [PDF]

Nolan, M., & Kellar, B. (2018). Online learning community: Friend or faux? White Paper. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit. [PDF]

Thompson, K. D., Rutherford-Quach, S., Rodriguez-Mojica, C., & Román, D. (2018). Whose experiences do we understand? Generalizability considerations when analyzing data about Massive Open Online Courses. White Paper. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit. [PDF]