Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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 When asked whether they had withdrawn or seriously considered withdrawing from the program at any time, students who answered affirmatively cited three leading reasons: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