Online enrollments are on the rise, even as overall enrollments decline. As an increasingly diverse student body flocks online to meet their educational goals, online completion rates are not yet on par with traditional classrooms and are more problematic for students outside of the once-traditional student demographic.
The Online Course and Program Design Strategies to Increase Student Completion and Graduation Rates Seminar 2 Pack provides actionable ideas and strategies to improve online student retention at the course and program levels. It includes the following Magna Online Seminars: Online Course Design Strategies to Increase Student Completion Rates and Online Program Design Strategies to Increase Program Graduation Rates.
Research shows that in order to be successful in online classes, students need to be able to manage their time, motivate themselves to work on schedule, and seek help when needed, among other executive functioning skills. One major online learning challenge occurs because many online students are still developing these life skills.
Despite the efforts of excellent online instructors, there’s still a widespread misperception among faculty that online classes are like slow cookers: set and forget. However, neglecting interaction with online students eliminates the best chance of actually teaching them online, of guiding their learning, and helping them make new meaning.
Students in online courses and degree programs sometimes report that studying online can leave them feeling isolated and unconnected to their instructor and student peers. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Online instructors can utilize a variety of strategies to build and maintain a sense of community in their online courses and doing so will result in a better course experience for both student and instructor.
You have the basics of teaching well in hand. Your students are successful. You feel comfortable with your content knowledge and teaching methods. So why would you change anything? This Magna Online Seminar invites you to peek behind the classroom doors and LMS screen of college and university instructors who win national teaching awards to find out what they do that is so different.
In this program, learn how to adopt a systemic and practical approach to increase online completion rates in the context of declining overall enrollments, increasing student diversity, and rising educational costs. And, understand that instructors partnering with instructional designers in the context of institutional support is key to implementing the proposed framework elements.
Attrition rates are 10% to 20% higher in online courses than their face-to-face counterparts. While online course formats offer convenient methods of instruction, poor course development often leads to high attrition rates. This program explores how applying Media Richness Theory (MRT) and Social Presence Theory to online course design and instruction can aid overall program retention and student satisfaction.
Discover how to incorporate student-created video to foster engagement in online classes. Learn how to avoid common obstacles and how best to structure assignments to leverage student videos.
Flipped instruction is a popular method that exposes students to course content, such as readings and online lectures, outside of the classroom and then uses class time to analyze, synthesize, and apply that information. Those in-class activities are critical.