Successful Strategies for Changing Your Online DFWs into Successful Learners<br />Raymond Rose<br />Rose & Smith  Associat...
Are you…<br />K-12<br />Community College<br />4-yr College/University<br />Graduate Program<br />Course Designer/Instruct...
DFWs<br />Is your course fully online?<br />How old is your course/program?<br />Do you have a DFW rate for your course/pr...
Why DFWs?<br />Wrong expectations<br />Tech problems<br />Prerequisite problems<br />Pedagogy conflicts<br />3<br />©  201...
Manage Expectations<br />Be clear in course description<br />Set expectations in syllabus<br />Create a Learning Agreement...
Identify your expectations of students<br />In the course description<br />In the message you send each student after they...
Learning Agreement<br />Read, Agree to, Sign, and Return<br />Specify basics:<br />Login and make 1st required posting wit...
7<br />©  2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide  Course Overview. . .<br />Provide everything learners <br />		ever wa...
8<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide Overview Information. . .<br />Describe your course design, practices, and r...
Tech Problems*<br />Browser wars<br />Mac vs PC vsSmartphones<br />Required programs beyond the CMS<br />Bandwidth<br />UI...
Technology<br />Don’t assume everyone knows how to use the technology deliberately<br />Assign practice for each technolog...
Prerequisite Problems<br />Just Say NO to the Online Course Readiness Test<br />Provide orientation<br /> tech apps<br /> ...
Orientation: Week 1…	<br />Begin building community<br />Review syllabus<br />Preview flow of the lessons<br />Course cale...
Orientation: Week 1<br />Introduce and practice technical steps<br />Introduce and practice reading resource pages<br />PD...
14<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates <br />Pedagogy Solutions…<br />Let the Content be Your Voice<br />Before the course...
15<br />©  2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Pedagogy Solutions<br />Control the time and energy you and learners spend ma...
16<br />©  2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Create & Control Purposeful Virtual Spaces<br />An obvious place for everythi...
17<br />©  2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Sample Course Layout. . .<br />
18<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide Expectations, Rubrics, and Guidelines for Success. . .<br />
19<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />Detail, Detail, Detail Your Assignments<br />Break multi-part activities into separ...
20<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide Answers. . .<br />Answering questions requires time!<br />Provide info on h...
21<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide Answers. . .<br />Provide two discussion forums:<br /> “Ask a Tech Question...
22<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide Answers<br />Never let an answer fade away. . . <br />		Capture and re...
23<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />Control Asynchronous Discussion Threads<br />Give each topic its own separate forum...
Sample Discussion Threads<br />24<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
25<br />©  2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Manage New Postings<br />Learn, teach, and use tech tools<br />“Read next new...
Successful Learners<br />The technology needs to be transparent<br />The learners need to know where they are and what the...
27<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Contact Information<br />	Robert Plants<br />bplants@gmail.com<br />Raymond Ro...
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  • Online education has the reputation of having an ongoing problem with a high DFW (Drop, Failure, Withdrawal) rate. The solution to reducing the DFW rate for online courses isn't a magic bullet; it's a series of small steps that address course and program design as well as online pedagogy and instructor facilitation. With over 20 years of combined experience in online education this panel will engage the audience in a lively interactive discussion that will get to the proven steps to reduce DFWs and engage online students to help them become successful learners.
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  • Tell story here about INTEC and VHS. Promise of high participation numbers so focus on recruitment, not retention. VHS DWF rate vs FLVS rate. (orientation and site liaison) Rose &amp; Smith experience over the years to develop a model that is successful at keeping faculty sane and DFW rates low.The tips won’t be appropriate for every situation, but look beyond the basic tip to the intent and how you can use the intent to make a difference in your classes. And there’s no one magic bullet. It takes a set of sometimes little steps.
  • Successful strategies to Convert Online DFWs to Successfull Learners

    1. 1. Successful Strategies for Changing Your Online DFWs into Successful Learners<br />Raymond Rose<br />Rose & Smith Associates <br />Robert Plants<br />University of Mississippi<br />
    2. 2. Are you…<br />K-12<br />Community College<br />4-yr College/University<br />Graduate Program<br />Course Designer/Instructor<br />Instructor/Facilitator<br />Program Manager<br />1<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    3. 3. DFWs<br />Is your course fully online?<br />How old is your course/program?<br />Do you have a DFW rate for your course/program?<br />Has the DFW rate changed over time?<br />2<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    4. 4. Why DFWs?<br />Wrong expectations<br />Tech problems<br />Prerequisite problems<br />Pedagogy conflicts<br />3<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    5. 5. Manage Expectations<br />Be clear in course description<br />Set expectations in syllabus<br />Create a Learning Agreement<br />4<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    6. 6. Identify your expectations of students<br />In the course description<br />In the message you send each student after they register (before the course begins)<br />Minimum login requirements<br />Participation requirements<br />What it takes to succeed in the course<br />5<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    7. 7. Learning Agreement<br />Read, Agree to, Sign, and Return<br />Specify basics:<br />Login and make 1st required posting within the first 48 hrs of the start<br />Failure to login or communicate by the 3rd day means you’ve dropped<br />Log in at least every other day, missing no more than 2 or 3 days <br />6<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    8. 8. 7<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide Course Overview. . .<br />Provide everything learners <br /> ever wanted to know <br /> and shouldn’t have to ask<br />Course content overview <br />Learning goals<br />Grading policies<br />Assessment rubrics <br />Assignment & due dates checklist <br />Table describing course sections and usage<br />Table describing usage of tech tools<br />Policies and procedures<br />Weekly timeline<br />Schedule of meetings<br />Weekly activities summary<br />Communications plan<br />
    9. 9. 8<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide Overview Information. . .<br />Describe your course design, practices, and role<br />Purposeful virtual spaces<br />Scheduled asynchronous communication philosophy<br />Learning through collaboration and interaction<br />Your role as guide<br />And write it all using a personal, friendly tone<br />
    10. 10. Tech Problems*<br />Browser wars<br />Mac vs PC vsSmartphones<br />Required programs beyond the CMS<br />Bandwidth<br />UI<br />(*See Orientation)<br />9<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    11. 11. Technology<br />Don’t assume everyone knows how to use the technology deliberately<br />Assign practice for each technology with informal ungraded activity before assigning grade<br />Provide links to detailed instruction and tutorials within assignments<br />Provide Tech Questions thread<br />10<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    12. 12. Prerequisite Problems<br />Just Say NO to the Online Course Readiness Test<br />Provide orientation<br /> tech apps<br /> course navigation<br />ability to post and reply<br />submit assignments<br />11<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    13. 13. Orientation: Week 1… <br />Begin building community<br />Review syllabus<br />Preview flow of the lessons<br />Course calendar<br />Course structure and navigation<br />12<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    14. 14. Orientation: Week 1<br />Introduce and practice technical steps<br />Introduce and practice reading resource pages<br />PDFs and external sites<br />Understanding discussion participation<br />Multimedia<br />13<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    15. 15. 14<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates <br />Pedagogy Solutions…<br />Let the Content be Your Voice<br />Before the course<br />Put in time and energy using your voice in the course content and. . .<br />During the course<br />Use your time and energy for meaningful feedback<br />
    16. 16. 15<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Pedagogy Solutions<br />Control the time and energy you and learners spend manipulating the course<br />and<br />Use that time and energy for learning <br />
    17. 17. 16<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Create & Control Purposeful Virtual Spaces<br />An obvious place for everything and everything in its obvious place<br />Structure, order, and detailed information comforts learners showing you’ve planned and prepared for them<br />Limit learners’ choices to just those they need<br />Display links to all major areas on all pages<br />
    18. 18. 17<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Sample Course Layout. . .<br />
    19. 19. 18<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide Expectations, Rubrics, and Guidelines for Success. . .<br />
    20. 20. 19<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />Detail, Detail, Detail Your Assignments<br />Break multi-part activities into separate assignments<br />Create a predictable set of recurring document sub-sections<br />Activity Overview<br />Learning Objectives<br />Assignment Details<br />Expectations and Rubrics<br />Tech Instructions<br />Use bullets and numbering<br />Link to longer text and materials<br />
    21. 21. 20<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide Answers. . .<br />Answering questions requires time!<br />Provide info on how learners find answers to questions<br />Assign exploration of how to ask questions<br />Describe the two main types of Q&A<br />Tech questions<br />Assignment clarification questions<br />
    22. 22. 21<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide Answers. . .<br />Provide two discussion forums:<br /> “Ask a Tech Question”<br />“Ask an Assignment Clarification Question”<br />Answer questions only in appropriate space and only once<br />Link from other discussions back to the specific answer<br />Assign, advertise, remind <br />Include instructions on how to search forums<br />
    23. 23. 22<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Provide Answers<br />Never let an answer fade away. . . <br /> Capture and reuse your answers<br />Take weekly notes-for-next-time<br />Build and add to your overviews, instructions, FAQs<br />
    24. 24. 23<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />Control Asynchronous Discussion Threads<br />Give each topic its own separate forum<br />Limit simple discussion threads to one week<br />Break up discussions/interactions with sequential deadlines<br />Provide an on-going social forum<br />Provide a weekly “Let’s Talk about this Week”<br />Keep all communications in the course and out of email!<br />
    25. 25. Sample Discussion Threads<br />24<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    26. 26. 25<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Manage New Postings<br />Learn, teach, and use tech tools<br />“Read next new message”<br />“Sort by date”<br />Require new subjects for each posting<br />
    27. 27. Successful Learners<br />The technology needs to be transparent<br />The learners need to know where they are and what their next steps should be<br />The learners need to know what to do to be successful<br />26<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />
    28. 28. 27<br />© 2010 Rose & Smith Associates<br />Contact Information<br /> Robert Plants<br />bplants@gmail.com<br />Raymond Roseray@rose-smith.com<br /> http://rmrose.blogspot.com<br />.<br />

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