Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Upcoming Training Opportunities


Wed 12/17 . Canvas - Building a Basic F2F Course . 1:00pm - 2:30pm . Q130
Wed 12/17 . Open Lab w/Linda . 2:30pm - 5:00pm . Q130
Thur 12/18 . Canvas - End of Semester Session . 9:00am - 10:00am . Q130
Thur 12/18 . End of Semester OPEN LAB . 2:00pm - 5:00pm . Q130
Fri 12/19 . Prep to Teach Online/Hybrid
. 1:00pm - 5:00pm . Q130

To register for the above courses, click on the course of your choice.

What We Can Do To Help Students Stick With The Program

Three Factors Influencing Persistence and
Withdrawal for Part-Time Adult
Graduate Students
By Marian Cohen | Professor,
Framingham State University - The Evolllution

In 2011, we looked into institutional and external factors that promoted or hindered the persistence of part-time adult students who completed or were currently matriculated in a master’s degree program at a public state university (The Struggle to Succeed: Factors Associated with the Persistence of Part-time Adult Students Seeking a Master’s Degree). When asked whether they had withdrawn or seriously considered withdrawing from the program at any time, students who answered affirmatively cited three leading reasons:
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the workload
  • Problems with faculty/curriculum
  • Family issues
In this article we explore these factors and suggest how institutions might address them.
Read more . . .
... 5 Visual Design Strategies that Promote
Student Retention
Submitted by Academic Partnerships
February 24, 2014 - Faculty E-Commons

Maintaining student retention can be challenging, and no one factor determines whether students complete or leave an online program.  Even when identifiable, these factors might be beyond your control.  As an online instructor, your best bet at combating attrition problems begins with your individual courses. Several aspects of course design can affect retention; however, one of the most overlooked is visual design.

Looks matter. In fact, in e-Learning and the Science of Instruction, Richard Mayer and Ruth Clark have reported an average learning increase of 89% in courses that added relevant visuals to text.  With this in mind, consider the five design strategies listed below that can help capture students’ eyes and interest throughout your course.  Read more . . .

Leaving you before our holiday break with a fun little music video about life being the best educator of all.

Happy Holidays and enjoy your time off!
See y'all next year!

Higher Education
Will Dailey

Tech Tips

Reminder - Final Grades are due by Friday, December 19th.  Grades must be entered using your Faculty Center and must be entered no later than 7:00 pm.   Grades entered after 7:00 pm will not be posted and will need to be entered again. Click here for additional information.


Did You Know…  After the last assignment of the semester is graded in your Canvas course, and BEFORE you enter final grades in SIS you should 1) verify the accuracy of the grades in the grade book, 2) archive the grade book by downloading it to your computer AND 3) download assignment submissions and quiz or survey statistics. This will be your final opportunity to easily download your students’ assignments and retrieve a full statistical analysis of quizzes and surveys. Click here for more details.


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