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Continuing Education Units  

The Autism Research Institute, a nonprofit organization that advocates for individuals with autism and autism-spectrum disorders, regularly holds national conferences. Their spring 2012 conference, held in Newark, N.J., offered sessions for medical professionals, parents and caregivers of individuals with autism, plus non-medical professionals, such as social workers and educators.

ARI offered opportunities for specific groups of attendees to earn continuing education units, such as continuing medical units for medical professionals and continuing education contact hours through the National Association of Social Workers.

However, ARI also wanted to offer general CEUs at several of the conference's sessions; these CEUs can be used for professional reaccreditation in various industries. They hoped to partner with a university, who would demonstrate the quality of the conference by issuing CEUs.

"We were looking for a large, but not huge, university with a great reputation," said Melanie Glock, ARI's administrative coordinator.

How PACE helped

ARI's administrative director, Denise Fulton, is an alumna of the university, but ARI was already well aware of Oregon State University's College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Several of the college's researchers study autism, childhood development and aging.

With this in mind, ARI contacted OSU Professional and Continuing Education in winter 2012. PACE regularly partners with colleges and departments throughout OSU to review content and approve CEUs for an outside organization. To meet ARI's request, they began to work directly with the college.

While ARI prepared for the conference, PACE followed procedures and completed the required paperwork to allow issuance of OSU-backed CEUs at the conference.

The Results

Those looking for general CEUs at ARI's conference paid an additional $35 in registration fees and filled out a simple attendance form each conference session day. They became eligible to earn between .55 and .7 CEUs through OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Attendees are able to print certificates of completion at PACE's website that document OSU-backed CEU information.

"The process was quick and simple and our non-medical professional attendees were able to give their attention to the conference material with out having to worry about confusing paperwork," Glock said.

To comply with standards set by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, or IACET, PACE always archives attendees' registration data and allows past registrants to print this information on demand.

OSU Professional and Continuing Education, a part of Oregon State University's Outreach and Engagement, meets the needs of professionals and hobbyists by delivering high-quality continuing education and training. PACE offers courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and certificate programs--and our catalog is always growing.


Like experts in many other industries, licensed professional engineers are required to keep their credentials current with state-approved continuing education coursework. In Oregon and several other states, professional engineers must earn 30 professional development hours every two years to keep their license active.

ESA International LLC, a Clackamas, Ore.-based creator of software programs that help plan and monitor electrical power systems, offers four regional training seminars each year to train professionals on their software and arc flash safety plans. The training helps companies, organizations and individuals learn how to use ESA's EasyPower software to mitigate dangers from arc flash: high-temperature electrical explosion that may damage infrastructure and may cause physical injury.

How PACE helped

For the past several years, ESA has worked with Oregon State University Ecampus, and now Professional and Continuing Education, to deliver OSU-certified CEUs at ESA's regional training seminars. The connection between the university and ESA was twofold; while many faculty in OSU's College of Engineering regularly research electrical power topics, ESA's original company president received his bachelor's degree from OSU.

PACE handles all paperwork to allow ESA to issue OSU-certified CEUs, and ensures that participants who complete training seminars can print certificates of completion at PACE's website to document these CEUs.

The results

At ESA's July 2012 EasyPower(R) hands-on training seminar in Portland, Ore., 28 electrical engineers, safety and maintenance personnel, electricians and soon-to-be licensed engineers earned 1.1 CEU's from the two-day seminar.

David Castor, an electrical engineer who led the seminar's arc flash workshop, said ESA's ability to offer OSU-certified CEUs was a major draw for the workshop.

"The CEUs do help give us more credibility and provide assurances that the training content is good and has technical merit," Castor explained.

Seminar participants echoed Castor's confidence in CEU-backed training.

"If there's different trainings out there, the ones with the CEU credits would be the better training class to take, as opposed to the one that did not have that certification," said Jon Martin, a professional engineer at PG&E in San Ramon, Calif. Who attended Castor's OSU-certified CEU workshop.

OSU Professional and Continuing Education, a part of Oregon State University's Outreach and Engagement, meets the needs of professionals and hobbyists by delivering high-quality continuing education and training. PACE offers courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and certificate programs--and our catalog is always growing.


Mobile Website Development

Natural materials. A sturdy structure. Smooth, sanded finish. While these external characteristics make a piece of wood furniture both beautiful and functional, what happens inside—within the wood itself—can make or, literally, break wooden furniture, cabinets or flooring.

Moisture in the air causes wood to expand, while dry conditions cause wood to contract. If this shrinking and swelling isn’t taken into consideration when wood is initially cut and assembled, the resulting products can warp, buckle and crack.

“Moisture issues are one of the primary concerns,” said Scott Leavengood, OSU College of Forestry associate professor and director of the Oregon Wood Innovation Center.

To help make wood-product manufacturers, designers and installers aware of moisture’s impact, Leavengood—a former wood product extension agent with OSU Extension Service—used data from the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory to develop a Wood Shrink/Swell Estimator. The tool determines how moisture and temperature will cause various species of wood to shrink and swell.

How PACE Helped

Though based on U.S. Forest Service data, the web form version of the estimator tool initial website design isn’t particularly user-friendly nor accessible on smaller screens.

Leavengood thought sales and customer service representatives would use the estimator tool if it were available in a mobile format and thus able to access in the field. He contacted Chris LaBelle, director of Professional and Continuing Education, after learning about an Apple product application project LaBelle worked on with OSU Extension and Experiment Station Communications staff. Leavengood envisioned a similar mobile application for the estimator tool.

The Results

Aaron Senecal, a web programmer for PACE who created the estimator mobile site, kept many of the tool’s original intuitive features: users enter the relative moisture content and temperature at both the current and eventual location, the sample’s thickness and its grain orientation. However, rather than entering a code that corresponds with a species name found on a list on the web form site, users can now chose the wood type from a drop-down list.

Senecal also turned the tool mobile by arranging and sizing the content in a way that was visually appealing and accessible on a narrow, small-screened mobile phone. He also equipped the site with software that minimized data load and reduces data usage.

The Forest Products Laboratory remained the same, but, as Senecal puts it, the mobile site is a “streamlined version of the original.”

OSU Professional and Continuing Education, a part of Oregon State University's Outreach and Engagement, meets the needs of professionals and hobbyists by delivering high-quality continuing education and training. PACE offers courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and certificate programs--and our catalog is always growing.



Grant Applications

Recent U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that by 2030, over 20 percent of the U.S. population--or 70 million adults--will be over the age of 65.

With that in mind, Sharon Johnson sought out a $300,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to educate Oregon's elderly, their families and caretakers through her Mastery of Aging Well course. Johnson, an Oregon State University associate professor of family and community health and OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center faculty member, began work on the project in September 2008.

Johnson used data from an AARP Oregon email survey to focus the peer-reviewed course on five age- and health-related topics: Memory Difficulties: Should I be Worried?; Depression in Later Life; Medication Jeopardy; Food As Medicine? and Physical Activity and Exercise in Later Life.

"In addition, my own experience with classes developed and taught in southern Oregon pointed to these (topics) as the ones that seemed to resonate with people the most," Johnson said.

How PACE helped

After hearing a presentation from OSU's Division of Outreach and Engagement regarding their interest in innovative ideas and programs, Johnson connected with the staff. She knew she wanted to deliver Mastery of Aging Well online in order for the state's older population had an opportunity to participate in the course, regardless of location; the Pew Internet and American Life Project has found a steady increase in internet usage by Americans over 65, from 22 percent in 2004 to 38 percent in 2008 to 53 percent in 2012.

Once funding was secure, Johnson regularly met with Extension and Experiment Station Communications and Ecampus staff--the former home department of Professional and Continuing Education. A team of instructional designers, videographers, photographers, graphic artists, web developers and marketing specialists helped develop five 30- to 40-minute filmed modules, thoroughly covering Johnson's topics and each including "action plan" that course participants could individualize.

The modules were also made available as a free, easy-to-navigate online format on the program's website and as a pack of five DVDs, including group discussion questions for facilitators.  

The Results

AARP Oregon helped promote the course and trained staff from Portland, Ore.-area eldercare organizations how to facilitate discussions on the course material. Several statewide organizations also launched Video Book Club-style discussion groups, which gathered to watch and review the course modules. In addition, the course's website saw nearly 10,000 visitors in a two-year period, and received considerable attention from the state's news media.

Participants evaluated the course as easy to follow and understand, and appreciated the electronic format. Most importantly, 70 percent of a 2011 research test group reported that they changed behavior due to the course's lessons.

In addition to elderly Oregonians and their families, healthcare workers who complete the coursework and take an end-of-course exam can earn continuing education credit through the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Nursing Home Advisory Board and Oregon Board of Pharmacy.

OSU Professional and Continuing Education, a part of Oregon State University's Outreach and Engagement, meets the needs of professionals and hobbyists by delivering high-quality continuing education and training. PACE offers courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and certificate programs--and our catalog is always growing.


Course Case Studies

Sometimes a great idea begins as an interesting problem. Oregon State University’s Professional and Continuing Education recognized a disconnect in the growing craft beer industry: while the demand for craft beer has been steadily growing, only 45 percent of those who wanted to open a craft brewery actually realized their dream. In 2012, PACE initiated a partnership with industry leader Ninkasi Brewing and Oregon State University - Cascades to create a five-day Craft Brewery Startup Workshop and help more brewers to become entrepreneurs.

Garry Stephenson, OSU’s Extension Small Farms Program manager, partnered with Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) to develop a world-class online course for those wanting to start a small farm. PACE handled all aspects of media planning and production, course development, marketing and enrollment for the Growing Farms course series, translating the methodology of farming into an online learning experience. 

Paige Clark, the Director of Alumni Relations and Professional Development for Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy, partnered with Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) to create online courses that provide pharmacists the opportunity to receive their yearly continuing education units (CEUs). PACE relaunched the legacy course, Management and HR Skills for Pharmacists, to comprehensively and efficiently educate pharmacists around the world.