How Can I Promote Enrollment and Retention in Challenging Courses that Motivate Instead of Frustrate?
Many students view gatekeeper courses—or introductory-level courses they must take to fulfill the requirements of their program—as “less important,” “fluff,” or “unnecessarily difficult.” This is often due to the fact that students’ expectations and experiences are not appropriately aligned with the intended learning outcomes of these courses.
There’s certainly a purpose to gatekeeper courses, but how can you convince students of this purpose and help ensure they’re engaged and successful?
Purchase the How Can I Promote Enrollment and Retention in Challenging Courses that Motivate Instead of Frustrate? 20-Minute Mentor program, presented by Lolita Paff, PhD. You’ll explore gatekeeper courses, a commonplace source of mismatched expectations. You’ll examine the factors that impact student expectations and perceptions toward these courses, strategies for understanding why gaps in expectations hinder learning, and how to address these gaps.
Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:
- - Address factors that shift students’ perception of a class from like to dislike
- - Minimize the “blow off” class phenomenon
- - Create student buy-in in gatekeeper courses
- - Convey that you have students’ best interests at heart
- - Implement strategies that minimize gaps in definitions of rigor in gatekeeper courses
- Gatekeeper classes
- The “blow off” class phenomenon
- Student perceptions toward workload and the factors that influence them
- Staffing gatekeeper courses
- Involving students in content or course policy decisions
- Managing the fine line between challenge and frustration
- Strategies for coordinating and aligning definitions and expectations
This program will benefit faculty, deans, and program directors.
When it comes to gatekeeper courses, there are often cases where expectations and reality don’t match, and fears, rumors, and beliefs about “hard” courses and programs discourage students and limit enrollment. By creating student buy-in and ensuring students understand that you have their best interests at heart, you can help increase their satisfaction with their college experience and influence them to move along in their academic program, resulting in positive outcomes for students, teachers, and institutions. Purchase this program today to learn how to align students’ expectations with the intended purpose of gatekeeper courses.
Product Code: PM18FA