Improving Online Course Completion and Retention at Community Colleges

Improving Online Course Completion and Retention at Community Colleges: What do we know about student learning outcomes in online courses?  If one were to simply wade through the first page of Google search results for, “online course completion statistics;” the results would vary from: 1) They’re better 2) They’re worse 3) Not sure 4) It depends.  The latter is most interesting, as it depends on ... Read more

3 Tips to Bridge Gaps in Student Access and Increase Retention

3 Tips to Bridge Gaps in Student Access and Increase Retention Currently, college students are busier than ever. More often than not, many of them are working full-time, taking a sizeable course load, and are involved with other things on-campus or off. To conceptualize this, according to the American Association of University Professors, even as far back at 2007, nearly half of traditional undergraduates studying ... Read more

Equality for Online Students

Equality for Online Students 100% Online Course Completion - A Westminster College Case Study  -  Remember your favorite class in college? Odds are that the most important factor in your fondness for that class was your connection with your professor.  Other important factors were probably interaction with your classmates and how successful you were in the class.  What if your only communication with that same professor ... Read more

Essay Contest Winner: Mari Burns

Getting on the same page with your students. It was 10 days before the start of the school year.  I was in my office taking advantage of silent hallways and quiet dorms to prepare for the upcoming semester when a knock came upon my door.  One of my advisees, a student-athlete, and his wife were on campus meeting with his wrestling coach to make sure ... Read more

Essay Contest Winner: Steven Estes

Fighting for Others, Fighting Together My colleagues probably thought I was out of my mind, but five years ago, I stood up for an under-prepared and under-performing student during dismissal review with the expectation that she would raise her GPA during a summer enrollment.  Both eyebrows and questions were raised as my director and fellow advisors pointed=out that the few grades she earned higher than ... Read more

ICYMI: eLearning is growing — and why you should care

ICYMI: eLearning is growing — and why you should care eLearning is not just for education anymore - the term was first coined at a CBT seminar in 1999, and has since been used in areas of professional development, personal development, and - yes - education. EdTech Magazine recently published a great infographic with stats you may not know about eLearning. Here is a snippet (but ... Read more
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