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.
Oregon State is one of a dozen universities participating in a new initiative through Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life titled "Extension Reconsidered". Teams across the country are organizing a series of events that invite citizens to imagine and consider new ways for Cooperative Extension to serve as a vital resource for communities in the 21st century. The initiative is timed to mark the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act that established the Cooperative Extension System in May 1914.
This year's ESC conference in Alberta, Canada will explore the theme "Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement." Proposals are sought for presentations, posters, and other forms of communication that will inform or advance research on, and the practice of, engaged scholarship and community-university partnerships. Deadline: March 17
The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for a variety of university awards; criteria and nomination forms regarding these awards are online; nominations will be accepted through February 11, 2014.
In the latest issue of the Journal of Extension, Dave King, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, explores how eXtension could transform and expand the land-grant engagement mission.
Jon Dorbolo, Philosophy Instructor and Associate Director of TAC at Oregon State University, was named a winner of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program for "InterQuest: Introduction to Philosophy." Launched in 1994, it was one of the first university courses in the world to be fully taught on the web.
Morgan Whisinnand knew her ultimate goal was within reach when she discovered Oregon State’s Ecampus program in health physics. Whisinnand is now an alumna of that program, which offers both a master of science and a master of health physics degree track. She was one of 9 students to graduate last spring from the program that is a rapidly growing part of NERHP enrollment.
Forty-two students from around the world have come to Bend this week to participate in Oregon State University's first Craft Brewery Startup Workshop. The Craft Brewery Startup Workshop is part of the Northwest Beer Sessions, a group of courses OSU offers as part of its continuing education program.
Sociologist and immigration scholar Ronald Mize has been named the new director of Oregon State University’s Center for Latino/Latina Studies and Engagement (CL@SE). Susana Rivera-Mills, associate dean in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts, said that Mize is poised to carry on the dual mission of the center: to engage in research necessary to understand the social issues that Latinos in the region face, as well as work with community partners to create solutions.
As part of its continuous improvement efforts, Oregon State University Ecampus announced a partnership with InsideTrack, a national student success organization, that will provide incoming online students with an executive-style coach, while providing valuable insights to Ecampus administrators.