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Oregon State Ecampus launches podcast on research literacy in higher education

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s top-rated online education program has launched a weekly podcast, “Research in Action,” to address topics and issues facing researchers across the nation.

“Research in Action” features interviews with experts across a range of disciplines who share their expertise on qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods. Guests also discuss their personal experiences as researchers; research and writing practices; organizational and productivity strategies; and more. 

“The goal of the podcast is to do two things – increase research literacy and build community among researchers,” said Katie Linder, podcast host and research director at Oregon State Ecampus, a national leader in online education.

“Many episodes are focused on helping people understand a particular method or kind of role a researcher might have, while other episodes are meant to break researchers out of isolation and allow them to continue training in new methods or try new skills.” 

With more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees, OSU Ecampus is currently ranked seventh out of nearly 300 higher education institutions in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report.

Available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher, the “Research in Action” podcast features occasional solo episodes with Linder that focus on practical topics, such as organizing research and juggling multiple projects, and are designed for listeners to reflect on their own experiences. 

The podcast is primarily designed for those conducting research in higher education, those who teach research methods and for undergraduate and graduate students who are considering a career involving research. However, with a variety of both broad and niche topics, the podcast also offers value for anyone with a desire to learn more about the scientific process and research conducted at universities.

“We are here to provide practical advice that people could put into practice immediately to impact their research,” Linder said. “My hope is that anyone who has an interest in learning more, or engaging with those who are conducting research in higher education will listen because there is a little bit of something for everyone.” 

In addition to featuring guests from across the country, the podcast is uniquely positioned to engage with OSU experts conducting research around the world through Oregon State’s land, sea, sun and space grant status.

“No researcher has all of the skills or expertise, and it’s incredibly valuable to have researchers come in with a diverse range of experiences and talk about these niche areas,” Linder said. 

The podcast features a dynamic website, which includes audio downloads, episode transcriptions, show notes and resources, an episode guide and more.

Listeners can engage with the podcast via email, on Twitter, through the comments and suggestions boxes, and by calling in to the voicemail line. 

“Research in Action” has already published four episodes and has received more than 500 downloads. Over a dozen guests have been pre-recorded and more than 10 episodes are in production.

Upcoming “Research in Action” episodes include: 

  • Jim Kroll, Office of the Inspector General, National Science Foundation, discussing research misconduct.
  • Nina Huntemann, researcher at edX, learning new research skills at mid-career.
  • Joshua Weller, psychology researcher from OSU, discussing psychometrics.
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Heather Turner, 541-737-3297, heather.turner@oregonstate.edu

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Katie Linder, 541-737-4629, kathryn.linder@oregonstate.edu

OSU 4-H to induct four honorees into Hall of Fame

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Extension Service's 4-H youth development program will induct four longtime volunteer leaders or retired staff into its Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

This year's inductees are Mary Mosier of Coburg, Barbara Sawer of Corvallis, Sherri Jensen of Yamhill, and Sue Weinbrecht of Lebanon. They will be honored at a ceremony during the OSU Extension Annual Conference in Corvallis.

“It is such an honor to recognize these four individuals who have made such an imprint on the Oregon 4-H program,” said Pamela Rose, state 4-H youth development program leader. “We are grateful for their service and incredible contributions to improving 4-H for so many young people.”

The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to recognize people who have made a significant impact on the Oregon 4-H program.

Mosier has contributed to Oregon 4-H for more than 20 years as a leader in Lane County and in many roles at the state level. As a superintendent and clerk in the 4-H/FFA youth program at the Lane County Fair, she coordinated the fiber arts and clothing exhibits and competitions, as well as the fashion review and food contests.

Mosier served on the state’s 4-H Home Economics Development Committee from 2001-2009 and helped revise the state’s sewing and clothing program. She was also involved in modernizing the crocheting and knitting projects to include current trends like loom knitting and felting. For 10 years, she taught 4-H leaders in home economics. Mosier, who grew up participating in 4-H in Kansas, has served as chair of the food and nutrition exhibit at the Oregon State Fair and was a member of the fair’s board of trustees.

Sawer was involved in 4-H for 10 years as a youth in Kansas and translated that experience to a 21-year career as a state 4-H specialist with OSU’s Extension Service, making significant contributions in leadership and winning numerous awards that include the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Distinguished Service Award. She helped run the Oregon State Fair 4-H program and Oregon 4-H Summer Week, which drew more than 1,000 kids.

During her time with OSU, Sawer became heavily involved in the Oregon 4-H Latino Outreach project as an expert in the design of culturally responsive approaches to program evaluation. She also had a significant impact on the Judges Are Teachers, Too initiative and Parents and Adolescents Can Talk program.

For 29 years, Jensen has dedicated many hours as a 4-H leader in Yamhill County, primarily in the horse club Saddle Dusters, which she founded, but also in leadership, veterinary science and horticulture. A former 5-year Yamhill County 4-H member, Jensen served as president and secretary of the county’s 4-H Horse Leaders. She is a member of the county’s 4-H Advisory Board and state’s Horse Development Committee. For most of her time as a leader, Jensen acted as Yamhill County Fair superintendent. Her extensive volunteer work was recognized with the Yamhill County 4-H Distinguished Service Award and Horse Leader of the Year.

Weinbrecht, a lifelong 4-H volunteer, continues a tradition that stretches back two generations. For 43 years, she has mentored youth in projects such as rabbits, clothing, photography and food as a leader in Oregon, Utah, Washington, Maryland, Iowa and Idaho. She’s chaired a three-state 4-H conference and co-chaired the North Central Regional 4-H Leaders Conference that encompasses 17 states.

In Linn County, Weinbrecht took on the responsibility of county fair photography superintendent, which she’s done since 2002. She serves as president of the 4-H Leader’s Association Executive Council. In 2011, she was awarded the Linn County 4-H Outstanding Leader Award.

4-H is the largest out-of-school youth development program nationwide. The OSU Extension Service oversees Oregon's 4-H program, which reached nearly 94,000 youth in kindergarten through 12th grade via a network of 10,410 volunteers in 2014. Activities focus on areas like healthy living, civic engagement and science. Learn more about 4-H on this OSU website.

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Pamela Rose, 541-737-4628, Pamela.rose@oregonstate.edu

White House commends OSU's educational outreach to Hispanic youth

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The White House today recognized Oregon State University for its efforts to provide underserved Hispanic students with educational opportunities.

OSU's Fiestas, Tech Wizards, Juntos and 4-H Oregon Leadership Institute programs each received a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education award during a press conference in Washington, D.C. OSU joins more than 230 other programs that received the award.

“There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it is due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, programs and organizations working throughout the country to help Hispanic students reach their full potential," Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

“It is a distinct honor to be recognized for our innovative programs reaching Hispanic audiences,” said Scott Reed, OSU's vice provost for outreach and engagement and director of the OSU Extension Service. “Each of the four projects recognized meets a specific need within a growing and important population in our state. Much additional work is needed, and we will continue to invest in the success of all of our state’s residents.”

OSU's 4-H Oregon Leadership Institute empowers Oregon high school students to pursue a post-secondary education and professional career. At workshops, they write essays and complete college applications; learn about college requirements and possible majors; discuss current events; and find out about the value of networking. They also develop leadership skills serving as camp counselors and role models for younger 4-H youth at international summer camps.

At Lincoln and Garfield elementary schools in Corvallis, OSU's Fiestas program aims to increase knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering and math for students in grades 3-5. Launched in 2011, the program is a joint project of 4-H, OSU’s College of Education and the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences program.

“The Fiestas program has been instrumental in providing a rich educational experience at two of our highest-needs schools," said Ana Lucia Fonseca, OSU's 4-H Latino outreach coordinator.

Launched in Washington County in 1998, the bilingual, afterschool Tech Wizards program teaches science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to low-income students, particularly Latinos, in grades 9-12 who are considered at risk of dropping out of school. Students in the program learn to create websites, produce videos and podcasts, make computerized maps and build robots. They are also required to perform 30 hours of community service each year in STEM-related fields.

The program has been replicated in more than 100 counties in more than 20 states. In Oregon, about 1,000 students have participated in the program. About 95 percent have graduated from high school, and about 70 percent of those have pursued more education in science, technology, engineering or math.

Juntos, which means “together" in Spanish, is a college-readiness program for first-generation college students and their families. Originally developed by North Carolina State University, Juntos was launched in Madras in 2012 by the Jefferson County school district and OSU. The Juntos program, taught in English and Spanish, connects participants with success coaches and college-age mentors who facilitate weekly afterschool clubs and activities. Besides Madras, Juntos is also offered in Culver, Tillamook, Sisters, Warm Springs, McMinnville, The Dalles, Hood River, Mosier, Corvallis, Redmond, Hillsboro, Newport and Dayton. 

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. To learn more about it and to view the award recipients, visit the initiative’s website.

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Ana Lucia Fonseca, 541-766-6249, analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu

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Media advisory: Oregon State wildfire experts

MEDIA ADVISORY

The following Oregon State University faculty members have expertise related to wildfire issues and are willing to speak with journalists. Their specific expertise, and contact information, is listed below.  For help with other OSU faculty experts, contact Mark Floyd, 541-737-0788, mark.floyd@oregonstate.edu.

OSU wildfire experts

John Bailey, 541-737-1497, john.bailey@oregonstate.edu

Bailey studies the role of forest management in accomplishing landowner objectives, including fire resilience, habitat and restoration. His areas of expertise include:

  • Fuels management for fire risk reduction
  • Wildland fire ecology
  • Prescribed fire

Stephen Fitzgerald, 541-737-3562, stephen.fitzgerald@oregonstate.edu

Amy Jo Detweiler, 541-548-6088, amyjo.detweiler@oregonstate.edu

Detweiler and Fitzgerald are faculty members in the OSU Extension Service and co-authors of a publication, Fire-Resistant Plants for Home Landscapes, published in 2006 and due to be updated next year. They can discuss ways for homeowners to reduce fire risk to their homes.

  • Types of shrubs and trees that are less likely to burn
  • Maintenance tips for fire resistant plantings
  • Bark mulches and other ground covers
  • Fuel reduction around homes

 

Beverly Law, 541-737-6111, bev.law@oregonstate.edu

Law is a professor in the OSU Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society and former Science Chair of the Ameriflux network. She studies carbon and water cycling in ecosystems and exchange with the atmosphere, including the forests of the Pacific Northwest. She has focused on, among other topics, the role of fire in the carbon cycle. She can comment on:

  • Modeling ecosystem responses to disturbances such as fire and insects
  • The effects of climate change, fire and forest management on carbon and water cycles
  • The combination of remote sensing and field observations to understand regional ecosystem processes

 

Claire Montgomery, 541-737-1362, claire.montgomery@oregonstate.edu

Montgomery studies the economic implications of fire management decisions, from the initial determination whether to let a fire burn or to put it out. She can address the likely impacts of fire management decisions on the value of timber and other forest resources in the future.

  • Incentives for cost-effective wildland fire management
  • Community considerations of forest fuel treatments
  • The opportunity costs of fire suppression

 

Roger Hammer, 541-760-1009, rhammer@oregonstate.edu

Hammer is a professor in the School of Public Policy and studies the interface between communities and undeveloped lands such as forests. He studies strategies to mitigate fire risk in the face of urban development. He can comment on:

  • U.S. demographic trends at the urban-wildland interface
  • Fire risk and development at the urban-wildland interface
  • New construction after a fire

Kathie Dello, 541-737-8927, kdello@coas.oregonstate.edu

Dello is the deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service and associate director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. She studies Pacific Northwest weather patterns and compiles reports for use by businesses and government agencies. She can comment on weather patterns as they influence fire risk, including:

  • Long-term trends in Pacific Northwest weather
  • The impact of landscape features (mountains, forests) on weather
  • Weather data collection by citizens

 

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541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement joins Latino consortium

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement has been selected to join the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, a national consortium of university-based centers dedicated to the advancement of Latino research in the United States.

OSU’s center, also known as CL@SE, is the first Latino research center in the Pacific Northwest to join the prestigious network. The consortium includes 25 university research centers, among them the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at the City University of New York and the Chicano Studies Research Center at University of California, Los Angeles.

Membership in the consortium gives CL@SE the opportunity to partner with other network affiliates to apply for grants and work collaboratively on projects such as community-based research; exploration of the future of Latino/a studies at land-grant universities; and research on issues such as youth and community empowerment; health and wellness; education; socio-economic well-being; and historical and cultural awareness, said Ron Mize, director of the center.

Membership in the consortium, coupled with CL@SE’s community organization partnerships in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Colorado, means the needs of Latinos and Latinas in the Northwest can be heard at the national level, Mize said.

Goals of the consortium include increasing the availability of policy-relevant, Latino-focused research and expanding the pool of scholars and leaders in the field. The organization is headquartered at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also has an office in Washington, D.C.

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Ron Mize, 541-737-8803, ron.mize@oregonstate.edu

City manager to lead OSU Foundation’s athletics fundraising

CORVALLIS, Ore. – James “Jim” Patterson, city manager and CEO of the City of Corvallis, has been named the Oregon State University Foundation's new senior associate athletics director/senior director of development for intercollegiate athletics.

Patterson brings to the foundation 12 years of experience in the public sector as well as 20 years of experience in private sector sales, executive sales management, marketing and promotions. In addition to providing leadership to the OSU Foundation athletics development staff and Our Beaver Nation, he will oversee fundraising communications, donor relations and the annual fund for OSU athletics, all of which support Beaver student-athletes.

The unit recently surpassed its $180 million fundraising goal as part of The Campaign for OSU and has begun planning for its next major initiatives. In his new role, Patterson will report directly to Mike Goodwin, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation.

As city manager and CEO of the City of Corvallis, Patterson led the strategic rebuilding of the city’s general fund reserves to more than $5 million; successfully negotiated union contracts projected to save the city millions of dollars in the future by moving employees to more affordable health care plans; and spearheaded the creation of a city budget development process that requires firm expenditure limits and revenues that equal expenditures.

Patterson is no stranger to the Oregon State community. As city manager, he worked as a partner and collaborator with various OSU entities, including the president’s office and board of trustees, to strengthen and enhance the relationship between the city and the university community. He is the public address announcer for OSU women’s basketball, an OSU parent and longtime supporter of Beaver athletics.

“I am proud to be joining two great organizations whose partnership has meant so much to OSU,” said Patterson. “The campaign has demonstrated the significant impact generous donors can have. I know that Oregon State University aspires to continue to improve the educational experience for all students and I look forward to being a part of that effort.”

The candidates who came forward for this position “made it a very competitive field,” according to OSU Foundation President and CEO Goodwin.

“Jim’s skills and knowledge stood out in what was a highly competitive national search,” Goodwin said. “He brings a wealth of critical experience to this role with the foundation, as well as a great deal of enthusiasm and relationship-building skills that will rally support for Beaver athletics.”

Prior to serving as the Corvallis city manager and CEO, Patterson served in the same capacity for the City of Sherwood, Oregon, from 2004–11. His time in the private sector included positions with United Advertising Media, United and Allied Van Lines, and OWNCO Marketing in Portland. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University.

Patterson will begin his work at the OSU Foundation on Aug. 25.

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Michelle Williams, 541-737-6126

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Record number of OSU students graduate via degree programs online

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A record number of distance students will receive degrees from Oregon State University on Saturday after completing their course work online.

Oregon State will graduate 501 students through its Ecampus on Saturday, nearly 100 more than the previous high set in 2012. This year’s distance graduates hail from 42 states and six countries, including Japan, Puerto Rico and the United Arab Emirates – further evidence that OSU’s academic impact continues to grow globally.

“The tireless dedication of our learners is a constant source of inspiration, and this record-setting class is a prime example,” said Ecampus executive director Lisa L. Templeton. “We are committed to giving learners around the world access to a high-quality education, and our growth is a testament to the outstanding OSU faculty who develop our programs online.”

Ecampus delivers 36 degree and certificate programs online, and more than 15,000 students took at least one OSU class online in 2013-14 – more than double the total from five years ago. Since last summer, the university has launched online programs in sustainability, wildlife management and an executive leadership MBA track that combines online learning with in-person sessions in Portland.

The most popular of the Ecampus offerings is a post-baccalaureate program in computer science that can be completed in as little as one year. Launched in the summer of 2012, it now has 886 admitted students with 62 set to receive their diplomas Saturday – and some will transition immediately to the workforce.

Bryan Robinson studied online from Irvine, California, while working full time and raising two young children with his wife. He turned his OSU degree into a new job as a reporting analyst for a computing company in Portland.

“Much of my background is in web development, but I found it difficult to get a job without a degree in computer science,” Robinson said. “The OSU program was the perfect marriage because it was online and allowed me to work and raise my family, and it was from a reputable university that I knew a lot about.”

Ecampus will host a reception Saturday morning in The Valley Library for 70 graduates who are traveling to Corvallis, some from as far away as Connecticut and Minnesota. It’s the first – and only – time many of them will set foot on the OSU campus.

Linda Sanderford had no connection to Oregon State prior to enrolling with Ecampus in 2011. The Monroe, Louisiana, resident was a college “stop-out” – a student who started a degree program but was unable to finish amid the responsibilities of raising five children – until she found OSU’s agricultural sciences program online in her late 30s.

On Saturday, a journey that lasted more than two decades will reach its end.

“There were times when I didn’t think that I was going to make it, but I did,” Sanderford said. “I chose OSU because it’s the best agricultural school in the United States. The courses required a lot of outside fieldwork, and I was challenged every step of the way. Graduating from OSU means the world to me.”

The number of Ecampus graduates who will be awarded diplomas Saturday includes students who are expected to complete degree requirements this summer and fall.

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Tyler Hansen, 520-312-1276

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Lisa L. Templeton, 541-737-1279

OSU, industry experts to teach digital marketing

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will partner with industry experts to explore new career opportunities in digital communications for participants in an online certificate program.

The program, called Strategic Approach to Digital Brand Management, will be offered in collaboration with Jeremy Darlow, digital brand marketing manager for Adidas, and Zach Gallagher, director of interactive strategy at Wieden+Kennedy.

“People always ask about ‘what’s next in digital marketing?’” Darlow said. “But I think the most successful marketers lean on their particular brand marketing philosophy year after year, versus reacting to trends and the latest industry buzz.”

Real-world case study assignments in this program will involve creative thinking, problem-solving and interactions that explore opportunities for telling a brand’s story through websites, social media, email, internet searches and mobile devices.  

Developed by Professional and Continuing Education at Oregon State University, the program is made up of four courses. Each course will be seven weeks in length and priced at $475 individually.  The first course, Digital Brand Strategies, starts on April 7.


For more information on the certificate program, visit: http://pace.oregonstate.edu/digitalcomm.

 

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Lynn Makela, 541-737-5741,

History of hops and brewing chronicled on new OSU archive

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon is at the epicenter of a thriving craft-brew industry, and Oregon State University is helping shape the movement – from creating new barley varieties, to offering courses for home brewers, to its growing fermentation science program, which has a Pilot Plant Brewhouse where student brewers create new beers.

Now, the university is going a step further as it actively preserves the rich history of hops and craft brewing.

Recognizing the need to document the intertwined story of hop production and the craft brewing movement in Oregon, the Special Collections & Archives Research Center at OSU Libraries & Press established the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives in summer 2013. This month, the official launch of the online archives will be celebrated in appropriate style with “Tap into History” on March 28 at the McMenamins Mission Theater in Portland.

The archive’s goal is to collect and provide access to records related to hops production and the craft brewing industries in Oregon. The first archive in the United States dedicated to hops and beer, it will bring together a wealth of materials in hardcopy and digital formats enabling people to study and appreciate these movements. The work melds the social and economic aspects of brewing in Oregon with the hard science behind the beer research being done at OSU.

The university already has strong collections related to the history of hops, barley, and fermentation research at OSU, but scholars are gathering resources from beyond the campus as well.

“There are valuable items in historical societies, in the boxes of marketing materials in a brewer’s garage, in the computer records of operations at hop farms, on beer blogs, in social media communities, and in the stories that haven’t been recorded,” said Tiah Edmunson-Morton, archivist for the collection.

“While we are interested in adding new items to build the archive, we also want to be a portal to collections through the state, partnering with people in heritage and history communities, state agencies, hops farmers, craft brewers, home brewers, and the general community to think collectively about how to preserve and provide access to this history.”

The free "Tap into History" event at the Mission Theater, which begins at 7 p.m., includes a panel on brewing history in Oregon. Among the topics:

  • Edmunson-Morton will talk about the project and its impact.
  • Peter Kopp, an agricultural historian, will talk about his use of archival materials and the relevance for researchers.
  • John Foyston, an Oregonian writer since 1987 and noted beer columnist, will talk about his work documenting the Oregon beer scene.
  • Irene Firmat, CEO and co-founder of Full Sail Brewing Company, will talk about her work as a female brewing pioneer.
  • Daniel Sharp, a Ph.D. student in the OSU College of Agriculture's Fermentation Science program, will talk about his research and the program.

The event concludes with screenings from "Hopstories," a collection of short videos showcasing breweries in Oregon, and OPB's Beervana, a documentary about the history of beer and the rise of craft brewing in Oregon. The McMenamins Mission Theater is located at 1624 N.W. Glisan St., Portland.

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OSU open textbook initiative aims to reduce student costs, enhance learning

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is helping its faculty members develop textbooks in their fields that will be freely accessible online to any student in the world.

The open textbook initiative is a collaboration between OSU Libraries, OSU Press and OSU Extended Campus that provides financial, technical and editorial support for faculty members to create “open” texts that aim to reduce costs for students and further position Oregon State as a leader in research and teaching.

“I can’t remember a single year where I haven’t had a student advocacy group come to me and say we need to do something about the cost of textbooks,” said Faye Chadwell, the director of OSU Press and the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian. “That’s really the driving factor here.”

“We need to make higher education affordable to Oregon State students and students in general because we can provide these resources beyond OSU,” she added.

Four winning proposals from OSU faculty spanning a variety of academic disciplines were chosen for publication in the initiative’s first phase:

  • Kevin Ahern and Indira Rajagopal, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics;
  • Gita Cherian, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences;
  • Eric Hansen, Department of Wood Science and Engineering;
  • John Lambrinos, Department of Horticulture.

Publication of the four books will take place in 2014-15; they will be available in four interactive formats – HTML, PDF, iBooks and ePub – as well as in a print-on-demand edition.

In addition to relieving students of ever-increasing costs, these works will also feature interactive content that enhances learning through video, audio and other multimedia. The textbooks will be incorporated into OSU curriculum and include Creative Commons licenses to facilitate their use at other universities at no cost.

Extended Campus is involved through its new unit, Open Educational Resources and Emerging Technologies (OER), which works with OSU faculty to create open learning modules that can improve learning outcomes by presenting materials in ways that haven’t been possible in the past.

“Faculty know which concepts students generally have a hard time understanding based on how they are presented in the textbooks,” OER director Dianna Fisher said. “We can work with faculty to illustrate these concepts in several ways – through animations, video, text – any way that makes it easier for students to understand and allows them to interact with the text in various ways.”

An Oregon State course in geosciences is using the university’s first open textbook this quarter: “Living with Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest,” by Robert S. Yeats, a professor emeritus in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. The transformation of this title from print to online versions is the initial product of the OSU Libraries, OSU Press, and OSU Extended Campus partnership.

Originally published by OSU Press in 1998 and used widely in college courses throughout the Northwest, the book has been updated to feature video clips of earthquakes where still photos once resided. An animation depicting the movement of tectonic plates replaced the book’s previous line drawings. Plans are under way for Yeats to make additional updates and revisions in the months ahead.

“I’m not sure any university presses are creating open textbooks in partnership with their online learning unit the way OSU is,” Chadwell said. “It really sets the stage for the ongoing transformation of how people teach and learn.

“This is a project that will showcase what OSU is capable of doing, and it fulfills our land grant mission.”

 

View OSU’s prototype open textbook at http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/oer/Earthquake.pdf. Download it in Adobe Reader to experience full interactivity.

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Faye Chadwell, 541-737-7300; faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu;
Dianna Fisher, 541-737-8658; dianna.fisher@oregonstate.edu