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Through a weekly online lecture series, a required synchronous learning session was added to online Medical Terminology courses at Rasmussen. Faculty noticed an increase in student success through ...

Through a weekly online lecture series, a required synchronous learning session was added to online Medical Terminology courses at Rasmussen. Faculty noticed an increase in student success through improvements in course averages and higher retention. The presentation focuses on student feedback, methods used to create this learning opportunity, strategies for implementation, and plans for expansion.

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    Increasing Online Student Engagement through Synchronous Learning Sessions Increasing Online Student Engagement through Synchronous Learning Sessions Presentation Transcript

    • Improving Online StudentEngagement through SynchronousLearning Sessions Using a College-wide Lecture Series ApproachHeather Zink / Hybrid Classroom ManagerRasmussen College
    • Contact InformationHeather ZinkHybrid Classroom ManagerRasmussen Collegeheather.zink@rasmussen.edu (email)twitter.com/zinkpath (twitter)facebook.com/heatherzink.at.rasonline (facebook)download slides: slideshare.net/heatherzink 4/30/2012
    • GOALS OF THE SESSION• Develop an understanding of blended learning opportunities for online students• Discuss strategies for implementing system- wide initiatives in academics• Discuss key components to engaging students in online synchronous learning sessions Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential.
    • Hybrid Delivery at Rasmussen Flex 50 Campus & Virtual Live Virtual Flat Lectures Instructor Hybrid LearningApril 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 4
    • College-Wide Initiatives Campuses in six states and National Online Schools of Health Sciences, Education, Justice Studies, Business, Tech & Design, Nursing Accelerated Bachelor Programs Certificates, Diplomas, Associates, Bachelors degrees Strong focus on career placement and enhancement Market based.April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 5
    • Support SystemFirst….• Senior Leadership• Academic Management• School Director• CMS Administration & Technical SupportThen…..• Campus Leadership• Student SupportApril 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 6
    • Where we started…virtual live lectures • High failure, low retention course – Pilot project: 8 sections of Medical Terminology • 3 faculty members deliver 9 synchronous sessions – Same content in each session – 7 days/week, varying times throughout the day • Students receive discussion points by attending session * Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential.
    • Weekly Schedule of Review Session Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 11am 8am 7am Morning Zink Zink Moore 4pm 1pm Afternoon Moore Zink 8pm 7pm 830pm 6pm Evening Evans Evans Evans Moore Session content included: • Core elements of each body system • Pronunciation Practice • at least 1 YouTube video • at least 5 polling questions for student interaction --Highest attended sessions in red above *April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 8
    • Student Feedback• 60 students responded to SurveyMonkey• 90% - sessions accommodated my schedule• 90% - would like to attend in future classes• 93% - sessions met my expectationsApril 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 9
    • Student Comments• I enjoyed being able to interact with the instructor which is something you cant normally do with online classes. NOTE: Interaction was a big theme. – Live interaction with the instructors. If I had questions, they could answer on the spot instead of using email. – I think that these review sessions keep you more connected to the class and other students than the discussion posts. In addition I think the live review sessions are one of the reasons I liked this class so much!• The instructor would go over our assignment that was due at the end of the week. I really like that because when I didnt understand how to do something, it was like you had the teacher in class.• I was able to get more information than from just reading my book.• They are in depth, a good replacement for having to go to a classroom. Very convenient, everything is covered well in the allotted time. April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 10
    • Suggestions for improvement from Pilot Project • Most were technical in nature – Wimba issues – resolved through PSC – YouTube videos not playing – Pop-up blockers • Few thought the information was the same as the text and they didn’t need the sessions • 60% of students had nothing negative to comment on -- review sessions were very helpful for them! April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 11
    • Winter 2012 Project -- expansion• Required synchronous sessions in all sections of M120• 5 points for attendance, 5% of overall course grade• Live Lecture Team – 5 faculty to deliver 5 sessions/wk – 25 sessions each week for studentsWinter 2012 results are in….April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 12
    • The data is in…• Average of 55% of students every week!!! ---up from 50% in the pilot group of 8 sections---• 85% pass rate !!! 74% 82% 84% 85% Spring 11 Summer 11 Fall 11 Pilot Winter 12• Past Pass Rates – Pilot Instructor Group ---Sum11 to Win12--- – Heather Zink 78% to 84.5% to 91.5% – D. Evans 85% to 82.9% to 96% – N. Moore 80% to 86% to 80.5%April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 13
    • Average Session Attendance Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday SaturdayMorning 9am 8am 9am 9am 7am ---4--- ---3--- ---9--- ---10--- ---21--- 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am ---8--- ---9--- ---11--- ---19--- ---37---Afternoon 2pm 12pm 2pm 1pm ---6--- ---17--- ---12--- ---12--- 4pm 3pm ---7--- ---16---Evening 7pm 7pm 6pm 7pm 5pm ---22--- ---10--- ---10--- ---22--- ---11--- 9pm 8pm 9pm 7pm ---8--- ---18--- ---18--- ---21---April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 14
    • Winter EOQ Attendance Stats Of 567 students finishing the course… • 84% attended at least 1 session • 61% attended over half of the sessions Sessions attended Average score 0-4 74% 5-8 88% all 94% • 84% average score • 82% retention ---567/631---April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 15
    • Embedded Librarian Partnership• Professional Practice Activity – student success is highly variable• Library and Learning Center staff attended sessions to discussed assignment specific resources 68% to 84%April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 16
    • Student Feedback – Winter 2012• I was a little on the fence when I first heard about the weekly sessions but after attending I found it to be a very interactive and beneficial. I especially enjoyed being able to meet up with my course instructor. Look forward to seeing you Friday!• I really enjoy attending these review sessions. I wish all my courses would have one!• I didnt think I would like these sessions at all, but I do enjoy them a lot!! They have really helped me to understand each item in the chapter!!• I have to admit the first time I logged into class, and I saw that we had to attend live review sessions, I was totally bummed. But, after the open house, and seeing how much it helped me, I now wish all of my classes offered this. One reason I wanted to do online classes was I dont like being in a classroom setting. I was homeschooled thru high school and it is just a personal preference, I supposed shyness has a lot to do with it. But I do like being able to get together online with the lecture. I really do learn a little more and it helps to explain a few things. Thank you !!! April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 17
    • Student Engagement• Formal lesson plan• Each session should include at least: – Ice breaker question/activity – 5 course polls/quick quizzes – 1 video/animation – another voice than the instructor – Interaction every 5 minutes – Webcam use & picture uploadedApril 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 18
    • D132 Pilot ---Computer Applications--- Grade Distribution Attendance Score A 47% All sessions 94% B 21% 7-8 sessions 89% C 10% 5-6 session 80% D 9% 0-4 sessions 63% F 13% Overall Course Average 81% April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 19
    • Technology Challenges• Synchronous tools can be temperamental – Great interaction tools, but performance is sometimes based on individual computers – Connection is a true determinant of how the student can participate PSC = excellent resource!• Most students do not have headsets – Send with course materials?April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 20
    • Spring 2012 ProjectsPilot Group ---10 sections---B136 Intro to BusinessG233 College AlgebraFull Course RolloutM120 Medical TerminologyD132 Computer ApplicationsB080 Reading & Writing StrategiesB099 Foundations of MathApril 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 21
    • How do I do this & what do I need?Project Manager to handle logistics#1: Strong lead faculty• Start small – pilot with 10 sections or less• High impact course• Support from senior management• COMMUNICATION IS KEY!April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 22
    • Who does what? • Create lessons • Tracking attendance and grades • Key resource for Course faculty Lead • Communicate info to students Live • Connect with absent students Lecturer • Deliver • Attend sessions lectures Course • Collaborate on creation of Faculty lectures • Connect with course leadApril 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 23
    • We are enhancing the learning experience & building community for our students! …and BONUS – increasing student pass rates & retention!April 30, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 24
    • Contact InformationHeather ZinkHybrid Classroom ManagerRasmussen Collegeheather.zink@rasmussen.edu (email)twitter.com/zinkpath (twitter)facebook.com/heatherzink.at.rasonline (facebook)download slides: slideshare.net/heatherzink 4/30/2012