Distance Education

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OUS Distance Education Networks


Video and On-line Services (Formerly ED-NET) http://www.oregonvos.net/


Oregon ED-NET was established as a state agency in 1989 to develop and operate a three-network educational telecommunication system throughout the state. In 1997, ED-NET became part of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and was renamed Video and On-Line Services (VOS). OUS is a major user of VOS, accounting for 80% of programming on Network II during the last two years. The three networks include:


Network I: Network I is a digitized, broadcast quality, satellite network. VOS operates a 64-port telephone bridge which offers two-way audio connections during live one-way video programs. All high schools, community colleges, and OUS campuses are able to receive Network I broadcasts. Full-motion productions can be uplinked from VOS studios in Portland, and from OSU, UO, PSU, EOU and OHSU. The network carries educational courses, training seminars, meetings, and information sessions.


Network II: Network II is a compressed, satellite-based, video conferencing network which offers two-way video and audio connections to 39 learning centers throughout the state. Interactive sites include all OUS campuses and community colleges. OUS campuses offer more than 100 courses per year over Network II plus numerous seminars and meetings.


Oregon COMPASS: COMPASS is a statewide computer conferencing network that offers local dial-up access in 27 communities in Oregon. The network offers computer conferencing applications for educational and administrative purposes, and a community access software package which connects users to many state and local services as well as an Internet gateway.

OWEN (The Oregon Wide-area Educational Network) http://www.nero.net/


OWEN is a collaboration among three state computer networks to realize cost savings by sharing bandwidth and access to Internet providers. The three networks include the OUS NERO network, the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) network, and OPEN, the state's K-12 network. OWEN provides on-line access to courses, research materials, and other educational services. OWEN and VOS are also testing a number of Internet Protocol (IP) video technologies. The tests will evaluate cost, management issues, and network requirements for implementing audio and video conferencing over IP networks.

ISDN Videoconferencing (PictureTel/Lucent/Polycom)


OUS operates a PictureTel, ISDN-based videoconferencing system for administrative and distance education use. In 1998 OUS upgraded the system to a new Lucent MCU. The Lucent bridge works with existing PictureTel codecs and with new Polycom videoconferencing units being purchased by OUS. The Lucent MCU is a standard-based bridge and allows OUS institutions to connect with a wide variety of videoconferencing units worldwide.

Oregon WIN (Oregon Wireless Instructional Network) http://www.ous.edu/dist-learn/win/


Oregon WIN is a consortium of OUS institutions, community colleges, and K-12 schools that has entered into a public/private agreement to create a multi-channel ITFS network in the Willamette Valley. The consortium operates under an Intergovernmental Agreement and is governed by a seven-member board.


The consortium holds the licenses for 36 ITFS (Instructional Television Fixed Service) channels in Salem and Eugene. OUS also holds the licenses for 8 channels in Medford and is working closely with license holders in Portland and Bend. Oregon WIN signed an excess capacity lease agreement with American Telecasting, Inc. (ATI) which requires ATI to bear the cost of constructing and maintaining the network. The network operates 5 video channels in Eugene and 4 channels in Salem. A network of point-to-point microwave paths connect participating campuses to the ITFS transmit sites. The combination of microwave paths and ITFS transmitters offer last mile connectivity to homes, businesses, schools, and government offices from Portland to Eugene, covering 65% of Oregon's population.

Source: Oregon University System Distance Learning Programs.


OUS Distance Learning Enrollments


 Number of Courses







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 NOTE: Student headcount enrollments for Oregon ED-NET I and II delivered courses originated by Oregon University System institutions.
 *Includes all distance education courses and enrollments. Previous numbers reflect interactive video courses only.


OUS 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
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

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

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
Master=s in Library Science Emporia State Statewide

Source: Oregon University System Distance Learning Programs.

Note: If you are unfamiliar with the Oregon University System, you may want to view a legend of abbreviated institution names.

Revised: February 1999
Contact/Comments: IR@sch.ous.edu

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