This webinar will provide a template for use in evaluating your institution’s online retention environment and in selecting possible initiatives and interventions to increase online student retention and success.
Two of the most widely discussed topics in post-secondary education today are online teaching & learning
and student retention & success
. In the national dialogue these topics are usually treated separately. However, those institutions that make great use of online delivery have learned – often the hard way – that increasing the rates of retention and success of online students requires mechanisms and resources grounded in the unique characteristics of the students who gravitate toward distance and technology-mediated course delivery.
In this webinar we will examine the experiences of University of Maryland University College (UMUC), the largest public university provider of online programs and courses in the United States, in measuring and improving the retention and success rates of its online students. The facilitator will describe UMUC’s online activities and student body, and then review some of the findings of the institution’s efforts to measure and understand the barriers that can prevent students from persisting in, and successfully complete, online courses and programs. The facilitator will then present a list of possible best practices for online student retention and success, and guide participants through an initial evaluation of their institutions, students, and other factors that affect online student retention. Participants will take away a template that may be of value in conducting a more in-depth review of their campuses prior to the planning and implementation of specific retention and success initiatives.