Ecampus Research Unit

Kathryn Linder, Director
4943 The Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331-4504

The Ecampus Research Unit 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.

Established in 2015, the Ecampus Research Unit procured more than $1.1 million for university initiatives in its first year; launched a weekly podcast, “Research in Action,” to address topics and issues facing researchers nationwide; and published a pair of joint studies on the positive effects closed captions and video transcripts have on student learning ( and how many institutions are confused about how to implement captions (

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; and adult learners.

The Research Unit houses a competitive award program to fund Oregon State faculty in their online learning research endeavors. Learn more about the Ecampus Research Fellows (ECRF) program, its goals, timeline and the materials you'll need to apply by visiting