Cengage Learning Webinar, Distance Learning, Extracurricular Activities in Online Programs

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Traditionally, distance education has focused solely on delivery of online courses, including little focus on student activities, clubs, and community. This directly conflicts with the longstanding awareness that community involvement, campus life, student activities, and institutional activities are essential for student buy-in, and ultimately, student retention.

In this May 14, 2013 webinar, the executive education team at Centura College demonstrated an array of approaches and techniques they use, within the online classroom and other internet-based utilities, to build the identity of the school and retention of its students. These presenters demonstrated different approaches that can be used within online courses, curriculum development, and environments outside of the classroom to promote engagement and retention.

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Cengage Learning Webinar, Distance Learning, Extracurricular Activities in Online Programs

  1. 1. Extracurricular Activities inOnline ProgramsDistance Education Is More than CourseworkWill White, Director of Online LearningShannon McGurk, Director of EducationJoel English, Regional Director
  2. 2. Overview• Student engagement and extracurricularactivities• Connecting students to campus• Centura Connect
  3. 3. Student Engagement Defined• “Student engagement represents the time andeffort students devote to activities that areempirically linked to desired outcomes ofcollege and what institutions do to inducestudents to participate in these activities”(Kuh, 2009).
  4. 4. Why Extracurricular Activities?• Tie students to campus• Begin building professional networks• Source of support
  5. 5. Groups with Unique Needs• Non-traditional students• Online students• These groups need quality extracurriculars themost• However, they are unlikely to participateoutside of class
  6. 6. Non-Traditional Students• Defined as students over 25• 43% of students at degree-granting schoolsnationwide (NCES, 2011)• 66% of Centura College students• Nontraditional students:– Are often more career-focused than traditionalstudents– Often have jobs and families– May have been out of school for a long time
  7. 7. Online Students• Defined as students taking one or morecourses online• 32% of students take at least one onlinecourse (Allen & Seaman, 2013)• 29% of Centura College students take entireprogram online• Roughly 500 additional residential studentstake online coursework each semester
  8. 8. Challenges for Online Students• Students taking mostly/only online classesaren’t automatically connected to campus• Online students have few opportunities tointeract with their instructors or classmatesoutside of class• Students taking asynchronous courses maynot have common availability
  9. 9. Aspects of Extracurriculars• Take into account differing time commitmentsfor different students• Be relatable to students’ future careers• Acknowledge or include students’ families• Bring together online students
  10. 10. Considerations for Online Students• Time: synchronous and asynchronousactivities• Usability of technology• Institutional control vs. student-drivenactivities
  11. 11. Timing is Everything…..• We grab our students on Day 1– Student Success in College and the Workplace
  12. 12. StudentServicesAcclimationConnectionSupport
  13. 13. ConnectOutline Goals &ObjectivesProfessional &Career DevelopmentWorkshopsAssist in CareerPlacementCareer Services
  14. 14. Financial Aid CounselingStudent Loans Title IV BillsHousing Employment Student Payments
  15. 15. AcademicAdvisorInstructorProgramCoordinatorCampus DOEAcademic Resources
  16. 16. The Social Networking Model• LMS for Coursework• Social Networking Site for Extracurriculars• What is it about social networking, anyway?
  17. 17. LMS vs. Social Network• LMS Suggests Classroom• Social Network Suggests Student Union
  18. 18. Extracurricular Activities inOnline ProgramsDistance Education Is More than CourseworkWill White, Director of Online LearningShannon McGurk, Director of EducationJoel English, Regional Director

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