Online Learning Update

October 27, 2016

Oregon State and Eastern Oregon see growth in home-grown online programs

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Andrew Theen, the Oregonian

In 2002, Oregon State University’s distance education program looked sort of like a Blockbuster video store. The school had a storage room in Corvallis with lectures on VHS tapes, which staff would mail to students enrolled at OSU who rarely set foot on the main campus. Today, OSU’s so-called “Ecampus” is a juggernaut, routinely recognized on national lists as one of the best online curriculums in the country. If the program itself were a university, it would be the fourth-largest in Oregon. More than 5,000 full-time OSU students take classes exclusively online, compared with 24,500 students on campus. Enrollment at Eastern Oregon University is smaller, with about 1,200 students on campus, but another 800 study exclusively over the internet.

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