Our Work


Here at OAI, innovation is the process of solving problems from a fresh perspective for the greater benefit of our university community. It is collaborative and transparent, a process of trial and error that is evidence-based and creative, individually tailored to each question we seek to answer. We enjoy looking beyond the traditional practices of higher education, seeking new ways to reach students, engage them, and make them part of a larger community of scholars.


                       FLEXIBLE DEGREES

The Flexible Degree Program is about providing the PSU community with greater access to undergraduate and graduate offerings by creating online pathways for students who are otherwise unable to come to our campus. These PSU students are typically adult learners who combine their studies with family obligations and/or a job. For more information, see: PSU Flex Degree Program. Timeline: November 2014 - December 2016 (Round I) (Completed) // November 2015 - Ongoing (Round II)

Impact: 20+ new degree completion pathways, graduate degrees and certificates, 180+ courses in collaboration with 130+ faculty

               A C T I V E   A N D   A D A P T I V E

The Active + Adaptive Program is about experimenting with personalized learning and adaptive courseware in partially online general education classes. We are testing various course designs and adaptive platforms in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Statistics, and Business. We actively partner with other universities with similar interests. Timeline: July 2016 - January 2019.

Impact: 15 high enrollment courses converted to a combination of active learning on campus and adaptive modules online, impacting 11,000 enrollments by 2019. 



      P R O G R A M   A N D   I N S T I T U T I O N A L
                              A S S E S S M E N T

The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), the Institutional Assessment Council (IAC), and the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) created a collaborative process to ensure ongoing support for conducting quality assessment. Assessment as a collaborative process, as a shared enterprise across the university, allowed OAI to work with IAC and OAA to create an infrastructure that addressed external accountability and allowed space for faculty to shape assessment processes that have meaning. For more information about institutional assessment, see: PSU Institutional Assessment Council

 G R A D U A T E   S T U D E N T   P R O F E S S I O N A L  D E V E L O P M E N T   P R O G R A M

PSU’s Graduate Student Professional Development Program offers workshops, events, and consultations focused on research-based best practices in teaching, learning, research, and other professional concerns that will help prepare graduate students for a career in higher education. Through this program, graduate students can earn the Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching, which culminates in a digital Professional Teaching Portfolio. While this program is designed with graduate students in mind, adjuncts, first-year faculty, and others who are interested in a robust, guided professional development experiences are welcome and encouraged to participate. 

Impact: In 2017-18 more than 130 graduate students from 6 colleges participated in the CICT program.

                   P R O V O S T   C H A L L E N G E

Led by Portland State University’s Provost Sona Andrews and Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Student Success Sukhwant Jhaj, the Provost's Challenge formed the initial launching project for reTHINK PSU. The Provost’s Challenge funded and support twenty-four innovative faculty-staff activities, engaging more than 150 formal collaborators, to accelerate online learning and the use of innovative technology in educational delivery and to improve student success and graduation. For more information, see: PSU Provost Challenge.

Impact: 162+ ideas proposed by 1000+ faculty, staff, students resulting in 24 big, innovative student success focused projects involving 150+ formal collaborators in less than 3 years time.

O P E N   E D U C A T I O N  R E S O U R C E S
O P E N   P E D O G O G Y


OAI fully supports faculty who are interested in Open Educational Resources and OER-enabled Pedagogy, from supplementing or replacing course materials with OERs to designing assignments using open principles. Faculty are encouraged to work with us on how OERs might be integrated into their courses. Our annual, statewide OER Symposium, partnering with HECC and Open Oregon, showcases the latest work in open education each spring.

Impact: Our OER Symposium has connected faculty, staff, and students from every higher education institution in the state of Oregon and several in Washington who are interested in the open education movement.

         E P O R T F O L I O    I M P L E M E N T A T I O N

This project had two phases. The first phase was about evaluating and selecting an institution-wide ePortfolio platform. The second project was focused on the scale-up of PebblePad as the campus-wide solution beyond initial adoption, and foster the growth of an integrative learning community. Timeline: Jul 2015 - Aug 2016 (Selection and Initial Adoption) (Completed) // Sep 2016 - Aug 2017(Scale-Up) (Completed) 

Impact: 3700 active users for the 2016-17 academic year and growing



                              P S U   O N L I N E 

The goal of this project was to build a more robust online presence for prospective students with key information about all of PSU’s fully online offerings. The new PSU Online had to be optimized for web search engines (SEO), and include ways for prospective students to search for information within the PSU Online site, as well as request more information easily and quickly. Timeline: September 2014 - August 2015.

Impact: Better information about our offerings to prospective students; sustained 8% growth in online since 2012