Host: Innovative Educators
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Two of the most widely discussed topics in post- secondary education today are online teaching and learning and student retention and 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 completing, 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.
– Examine the experiences of UMUC in seeking to improve its rates of online student retention and success
– Discuss the primacy of mission in determining satisfactory rates of retention and success and in developing and implementing retention initiatives in a post-secondary institution
– Differentiate retention and success strategies for online versus on-campus students
– Produce a customized template for use in evaluating an institution’s online student success and retention environment and in planning initiatives to improve retention and success rates
WHO IS THE SPEAKER?
Dr. Mark L. Parker is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of Professional Writing and of Philosophy, School of Undergraduate Studies, University of Maryland University College. He is responsible for the university’s business writing, technical writing, and philosophy courses, including the course content, methods of assessment, and student retention and success. He supervises two teaching cadres totaling more than 150 full- and part-time faculty. Prior to joining the School of Undergraduate Studies Dr. Parker was UMUC’s Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs. He has represented UMUC in organizations such as the European Distance Education Network (EDEN), the International Council on Open and Distance Education (ICDE), the Sloan Consortium’s Asynchronous Learning Network, and the U.S.
Department of Defense’s Distance Education Task Force. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His areas of research interest include intercultural communication; factors affecting online/Web-based communication; English as a second/foreign language; and the interface between visual and verbal literacies.
Sponsored by: Innovative Educators
Host: Innovative Educators