Lisa L. Templeton, Associate Provost for Ecampus
4943 The Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331-4504
Phone: 541-737-9204 or 800-667-1465
Ecampus – Top-ranked degrees online
As a leader in online education, Oregon State University Ecampus works with OSU faculty to provide access to exceptional learning experiences that transform the lives of students in Oregon and around the world. Thousands of online and distance students enroll in Ecampus online courses each year, all of which are developed by Oregon State University faculty. In the 2020-21 academic year, more than 28,000 OSU students took at least one Ecampus class online.
OSU Ecampus is widely regarded as one of America's best providers of online education. In January 2022, Oregon State’s online bachelor’s programs were ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It marked the eighth straight year OSU Ecampus was ranked in the top 10. This recognition is based on student engagement; faculty credentials and training; services and technology; and expert opinion.
our programs and courses
Students interested in pursuing an Oregon State degree online can choose from more than 90 programs. Browse the complete collection of online and hybrid offerings:
- Undergraduate degrees
- Graduate degrees
- Undergraduate certificates
- Undergraduate minors
- Graduate certificates
- Undergraduate course sequences
- 1,600-plus courses
In 2022, OSU Ecampus began delivering microcredentials online. Microcredentials are high-quality educational opportunities that can help learners advance their careers with less time and financial commitment than a formalized degree or certificate program. Once a person completes the microcredential requirements, they will receive a digital badge that demonstrates evidence of discipline-specific knowledge to employers. You can learn more on the Ecampus website.
Serving the Portland region
Ecampus is helping to expand Oregon State’s presence in the Portland region. Not only do students have access to OSU-signature programs and courses online through Ecampus, but now they can also study in a dynamic, hybrid (online/in-person) learning environment. This hybrid experience includes face-to-face interaction with OSU faculty and students as well as on-site support services at the OSU Portland Center at Pioneer Square.
The students we serve
Oregon State Ecampus serves students in all 50 states and more than 60 countries worldwide. OSU’s distance learners include full- and part-time students, working and retired professionals, community college students, active-duty and retired military plus their dependents, high school students and individuals who want to further their education with a single college course.
How we support students
Oregon State Ecampus offers a variety of support services that meet students’ needs and help them along the path to graduation.
The Ecampus enrollment services team provides a personal connection to OSU Ecampus for prospective applicants. Enrollment services specialists answer questions about OSU Ecampus online degree programs, courses, the application process and how to get started.
Once enrolled online, Ecampus students have access to student services specialists; a team of success coaches; a dedicated Ecampus librarian and 24/7 library support; remote exam proctoring; OSU's Disability Access Services; and live, around-the-clock technical support on OSU’s learning management system, Canvas.
Success coaching is an academic counseling service for undergraduate Ecampus students, and it employs an individualized, strengths-based and holistic approach. Success coaches work in partnership with students to improve academic skills, to identify support resources, and to address obstacles to academic success at OSU.
In 2019, the Quality Matters program honored Oregon State with its Online Learner Support Certification. The certification lasts for a period of five years and applies to all programs delivered online by Ecampus. It recognizes programs that provide “all the critical student and academic services needed for learner success and use learner feedback to continuously improve those services.
A Commitment to Excellence
All curricula for Ecampus courses and degree programs are designed by Oregon State faculty and are held to the same rigorous academic standards as the university’s on-campus classes. OSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and all Ecampus students who complete degree requirements receive the same diploma and transcript as campus-based students.
Services for faculty
Ecampus works closely with more than 1,000 Oregon State faculty members, program leads and department heads in order to provide students with transformative educational opportunities. The Ecampus staff offers an array of services, including a faculty development and training program that is comprehensive, responsive, and flexible.
Ecampus requires ongoing training for faculty developing and teaching online courses. Faculty are expected to participate in training as part of the course development and redevelopment process, and to participate in ongoing training annually.
The Ecampus Faculty Forum is held each spring and allows faculty, administrators and staff to engage in discussions about online teaching excellence, research in online education, faculty experiences in online course development and more. Hundreds of OSU faculty, administrators and staff attend the event annually.
Ecampus also participates in the Quality Matters program, which seeks to improve student success in online courses by focusing on continuously improving course design. Using an independent and research-based peer review process, the faculty-driven QM program examines course design, not the content itself or the teaching.
The OSU Ecampus Research Unit (ECRU) responds to and forecasts the needs and challenges of the online education field through conducting original research; fostering strategic collaborations; and creating evidence-based resources and tools that contribute to effective online teaching, learning and program administration.
The ECRU prioritizes research on educational systems including quality, access and learner outcomes at multiple levels from students to administrators. The ECRU regularly publishes the results of national and local studies, and its research focuses on the following areas:
- Exploring the efficacy of modalities, technologies and pedagogical methods
- Promoting research literacy and evidence-based decision-making
- Building communities to support and encourage research networks
Established in 2015, the ECRU also created and maintains the Online Learning Efficacy Research Database, a repository of academic studies that allows users to explore whether the learning outcomes of online education are equivalent to face-to-face environments. As of April 2022, the database has 281 citations across 78 discrete disciplines from 203 academic journals. The database is updated each month with additions of new studies that fit the database parameters.
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 program, its goals, timeline and the materials you'll need to apply online. To learn more about the outcomes of these funded projects, read the Research Fellows white paper series.
To make college more affordable and accessible for students, the Open Educational Resources Unit (OERU) works with all university faculty to create no-cost and low-cost course materials. Since 2019, Oregon State students have saved more than $11 million in course material costs thanks to OSU faculty and their work with the OERU staff.
The OERU aims to take advantage of Oregon State’s national reputation in the field of online learning to establish a competitive open educational resources (OER) program that focuses on reusable digital components. The OERU staff partners with Oregon State faculty to adopt, adapt and author open textbooks or other resources that are freely available online to students, faculty and the general public around the world.
The unit also does the following to help make higher education more accessible for all students:
- Support all Oregon State academic colleges in developing affordable learning goals to lessen students’ financial burden.
- Provide Affordable Learning Grants for faculty who adopt, adapt or author free and openly licensed textbooks.
- Increase faculty and student awareness of options for low- and no-cost course materials.
OERU staff can assist faculty in locating OER, creating images, graphics and interactivities to incorporate into OER. Consultation on Creative Commons licensing is also available.
Learn how you and your department can partner with Ecampus OERU.
Howard Burns, Director
4943 The Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331-4504
Through innovative collaborations, the Oregon State Ecampus Corporate Education Unit provides working adults around the world with increased access to educational opportunities via OSU’s online and on-campus programs. The Corporate Education Unit prioritizes understanding the needs of an organization and collaboratively designs a program that is specific to an employer’s unique goals.
These corporate collaborations offer employee upskilling opportunities that align with an employer’s innovation goals, drive employee retention and enhance individuals' economic agility by transferring a currency of skills to help them engage in professional opportunities throughout their careers. The Corporate Education Unit understands the challenges faced by the working adult learner and provides a portfolio of services alongside the employee’s entire academic journey at Oregon State. This includes enrollment services, student success coaching, student services, academic advising and more.
The Corporate Education Unit designs a customized process for every unique collaboration, ensuring a thriving arrangement that benefits employee and employer alike. By learning online with Oregon State, employees receive upward career mobility and financial support, while businesses often gain increased employee retention and more highly skilled workers.
Current Ecampus corporate collaborators include Amazon, Guild Education, Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions, the Canadian Football League Players’ Association, the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, and Peet’s Coffee.
Learn more about the OSU Ecampus Corporate Education Unit.