Distance Learning: Use of Technology in Instruction

Oregon University System Distance Learning Degree Programs

Degree Area Institution Receive Sites
Bachelor of Science in Nursing OHSU-EOU Ontario, Baker, John Day, Lakeview
Bachelor of Science in Nursing OHSU-SOU Gold Beach, Coos Bay, Roseburg
Bachelor of Science in Nursing OHSU-OIT Bend
Bachelor of Science in Nursing OHSU Salem, Astoria, Eugene, Albany
Environmental Education SOU Gold Beach, Lakeview, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Coos Bay, Medford, Roseburg
Criminology SOU Statewide
Early Childhood Education SOU Gold Beach, Lakeview, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Coos Bay, Medford, Roseburg
Liberal Arts External Degree EOU Eastern Oregon
Regional Business Economics EOU Eastern Oregon
Liberal Arts Completion Degree OSU Bend, Astoria, Newport, Hood River, Coos Bay
Bachelor of Science in Business OSU Multiple community college locations
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture OSU Oregon, Idaho, Washington
Masters in Dietetic Management OSU International
Teacher Education Licensure Program OSU Statewide
Master's in Manufacturing Engineering OCATE Portland, Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, Medford
Master's in Education SOU Gold Beach, Lakeview, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Coos Bay, Medford
Master's in Nursing OHSU La Grande, Ashland, Bend, Eugene
Master's in Teacher Education EOU Bend, Baker, Burns, Enterprise, John Day, Ontario, Pendleton
Master's in Business Administration PSU Statewide
Master's in Social Work PSU La Grande, Ontario, Bend, Eugene, Medford
Masters in Library Science Emporia State Statewide
Note: If you are unfamiliar with the Oregon University System, you may want to view a legend of abbreviated institution names.

Oregon University System ED-NET Enrollments


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NOTE: Student headcount enrollments for Oregon ED-NET I and II delivered courses originated by Oregon University System institutions.

Oregon University System Distance Learning Enrollments 1996-1997

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Oregon University System's Use of Electronic Distance Education Systems

Oregon ED-NET

Oregon ED-NET was established as a state agency in 1989 with the responsibility to develop and operate a three-network educational telecommunication system. Oregon University System is a major user of ED-NET, accounting for 60% of programming on ED-NET I and II. The three networks include:


Ed-NET I is a satellite-based, two-way audio, one-way video network. There are more than 200 receive sites located at high schools, community centers, hospitals, state government offices, and all Oregon University System institutions and community colleges. Full-motion productions can be uplinked from Oregon University System sites at Eastern Oregon University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and Oregon Health Sciences University.


Ed-NET II is a compressed video, two-way audio and two-way video network that is also satellite based. A total of 36 sites are operational throughout the state. Origination/receive sites include all Oregon University System institutions and community colleges in the state as well as several community sites.


Oregon COMPASS is a computer-based data and communication network that operates over telephone lines. The network includes computer conferencing software for instructional or administrative purposes, a community access software package that offers users information and communication applications, and a gateway to Internet and other computer services and networks. The network is accessible in many communities in Oregon through a local dial-in number. Some Oregon University System institutions have used the COMPASS computer conferencing system to supplement Ed-NET I and II courses and to offer complete courses.

Other Distance Learning Technologies

Instructional Television Fixed Services (ITFS):

In the Portland metropolitan area an ITFS system is used to broadcast engineering courses directly to high-technology businesses and industries. A consortium of Oregon University System institutions and community colleges is also building ITFS systems in Salem, Eugene, and Medford. The consortium received from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 36 ITFS channels in Salem and Eugene and 8 channels in Medford, and has partnered with a commercial wireless cable operator to construct and operate the system. The system offers "last mile" access to homes, businesses, schools, and state agencies throughout the Willamette Valley and in the Medford/Ashland area.


The Oregon Joint Graduate Schools of Engineering, through a grant from NASA, is developing and testing a new data distribution protocol for the delivery of video, audio, and data over leased fiber optic lines. The leased network connects the joint engineering schools, OHSU, Hatfield Marine Science Center, and selected higher education institutions and commercial sites. The project is studying the use of fiber optic lines to distribute classes and research information from "desktop to desktop" and from "classroom to desktop."


PictureTel is a compressed two-way audio and video conferencing system used by Oregon University System institutions for administrative and educational purposes. Oregon University System institutions are experimenting with PictureTel's two-way capabilities to offer courses between campuses and to relieve "bottlenecks" at heavily used ED-NET II sites around the state.

World Wide Web and Internet:

Every Oregon University System campus offers faculty and students access to the Internet and World Wide Web applications and services. Both faculty and students use the Internet to access information, data, research, and communications services. There is also a growing interest in using the Web for course delivery. In addition to complete courses, a growing number of instructors are using the Web to deliver components of their courses to on-campus students. Oregon University System institutions estimate that an additional 10 -15% of their total faculty are new Web users each year.

Source: OUS Distance Learning Programs.

Revised: June 1998

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