Improving Learning Outcomes For Underprepared Students: A Proven Model That Links Course Content With Structured Support

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$ 425.00

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State and federal agencies are placing increased demands upon universities and community colleges to improve student outcomes for underprepared students. This webinar will focus on the Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) model incorporated by Austin Peay State University in 2007 to address the educational needs of students entering higher education with one or more academic deficiencies. The speakers will show how this education model has dramatically improved student success, retention, and graduation rates, even for those least prepared academically.

Participants in this webinar will have the opportunity to discuss methods for overcoming the obstacles they are likely to face implementing the SLA model, including regulatory, financial, space allocation, acquisition of trained personnel, technology, student resistance, and faculty nay-sayers.

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  • Review the factors that are driving institutions to change the model of instruction they use for addressing students with academic deficiencies
  • Learn the effect that the SLA model is having on student success, retention, and graduation
  • Learn techniques for gauging the success of their redesigned program
  • Discuss how the SLA model works and why it is effective
  • Consider the administrative requirements for operating an SLA program
  • Discuss techniques for overcoming each of the obstacles that participants are likely to encounter as they seek to implement the SLA model at their institutions
  • Discuss first steps for beginning the process of implementing the SLA model at their institutions
  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Dean of Instruction
  • Department Chairs
  • Any educator interested in remedial instruction

"The true beauty of the SLA program is not limited to the impact it has on students enrolled in the supported courses. Rather, this model of instruction changes the lives of the students who serve as SLA Leaders, while also providing faculty with additional time and information with which to improve educational outcomes."

Upon retiring from the U.S. Army after 23 years of service, Martin Golson earned his Bachelors degree in Mathematics Education and a Masters of Arts in Education, Instructional Technology from Austin Peay State University. As an undergraduate student, he served as a mathematics tutor. Upon completing his Bachelors degree in 2004, he was employed as the Director of Academic Support by Austin Peay State University.

Martin directs the operation of the Academic Support Center, overseeing the Structured Learning Assistance, Peer Tutoring, Technology Assistance, Community Tutoring, and Academic Alert programs. He supervises a staff of over 80 people, including professional staff, graduate assistants, and student workers. He also teaches the First Year Experience course at his university. Martin has participated in the redesign of the MATH 1010 (Mathematical Thought and Practice), MATH 1410 (Structure of Mathematical Systems), MATH 1530 (Statistics), MATH 1910 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry), ENGL 1010 (English Composition), BIOL 2010 & 2020 (Human Anatomy and Physiology), CHEM 1110 (General Chemistry), PHYS 2010 (College Physics), CSCI 1010 (Introduction to Programming I), PSY 2010 (Statistics for Behavioral Sciences), and HIST 2010 (American History I) courses at APSU. He is also a Redesign Scholar with the National Center for Academic Transformation.

Martin is a former Treasurer for the National College Learning Center Association and currently serves as the Publications Officer. He has earned Learning Center Leadership Certification level 4 through the National College Learning Center Association and his learning center has earned Level 3 certification for the tutor training program through the College Reading and Learning Association. His awards include the Point of Light Award from Clarksville- Montgomery County School System for helping to develop the Middle College which provides the opportunity for more than 100 students each year to finish their high school education while earning college credit, on campus.

Originally from California, Lois Jones moved to Tennessee in 1999. In 2005, she enrolled at Austin Peay State University and graduated in 2008 with her Bachelors degree in Communication/PR and a Studio Art minor. While an undergraduate student, Lois was very active on campus to include working for Student Publications nine semesters, winning the first Adult Leader of the Year Award, and also being inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa. Her knowledge of Higher Education began as a student, was enhanced as a Graduate Assistant in Legal Affairs and continued while working for a Technical College. She will complete her Masters Degree in Corporate Communication May of 2016.

Lois classroom experience includes eight years as an instructor of Beginning Digital Photography for Austin Peay State University’s Community School of the Arts. In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking in the Communication Department at Austin Peay and taught Career Management at a Technical College.

While working at the technical college she was Associate Director of Career Services which provided her with firsthand knowledge of the educational demands required for employment.

Lois draws from her education and experience in her current position as SLA Coordinator where she teaches student SLA Leaders how to manage a classroom and guides students in their educational pursuits. She has participated in the course redesign of CSCI 1010 (Introduction to Computer Programming I), Math 1910 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry), Physics 2010 (College Physics), and Chemistry 1110 (General Chemistry I).

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  • We give a courtesy reminder call the day before the live event.
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  • We email participants a link to the recording the Monday following the live event.
Is there a recording available? And how long is the recording good for?

Approximately one week after the conclusion of the live webinar, participants will receive a link to the recording which can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere. The recording is a campus access license and is available for one year from the date of the live event.

What are the technical requirements?

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What equipment is required?

For individual or small group viewing, a computer with a reliable Internet connection and audio capabilities are all that’s needed. For large group presentations, we recommend a computer with a reliable Internet connection and speakers, as well as an LCD projector. Participants can call in via phone if they are having trouble retrieving the audio over the computer. Please be sure to reserve a meeting room prior to the live event that can accommodate these requirements as well as your attendees. You should reserve the room 30 minutes prior to the webinar start time and you may want to allow at least 15-30 minutes after the webinar for discussion.

How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?

1 Training (Live Webinar or On-Demand Training) - $425 Unlimited connections, campus-wide access license to the recording for one year.

Package Pricing

  • 2 Trainings - $645 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 3 Trainings - $900 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 6 Trainings - $1500 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
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Innovative Educators
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What is your cancellation policy?

Below is a breakdown of our cancellation policy.

  • 30 days prior: Full refund
  • 14 days prior: $100 processing fee
  • Fewer than 14 days: Credit toward another IE event. Please note that registration for the live webinar includes access to the recording which you can share, as it is a campus access license. We email the recording the Monday following the live event. For questions, please email us or call 303.955.0415.
What are the benefits of online training?

Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.

Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email. If you run into any problems, we're always here to help.

Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training, and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.

Top-Notch Presenters: Our presenters are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.

Value Added: When you purchase an online training, you also receive a campus-wide access license to the recording for one year. Faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our online training is 100% guaranteed. If you are not satisfied, we will give you a credit for a future webinar or on-demand training of your choice (of equal or lesser value).

How can we use these trainings?

Flexible Training:

  • Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
  • Hybrid: Distribute the recording to all faculty and staff at the beginning of each month and plan a discussion session at the end of the month to determine how you will implement the strategies presented.
  • On-Demand: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.

Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.

Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.

New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.

Implementation and Follow-Up: Use the guide and evaluation materials provided by Innovative Educators to plan, implement, and track your progress.