Using Learner Readiness to Improve Online Student Retention<br />Julie Owen, eLearningToolBox.com<br />Christine Lustik, W...
Introduction<br />Online Student Retention – so many areas to think about!<br />How is online student support perceived by...
Online Student Retention<br />Faculty Development<br />Student Preparation<br />Institution-wide Procedures<br />Adapting ...
How is Online Support Viewed by Institutions?<br />Who in your institution develops tools/plans for online student success...
Myths/Preconceptions<br />Students<br />Misconceptions about distance learning<br />Unrealistic view of personal strengths...
Possible Interventions - WWCC<br />Prior to Class<br />Info in Schedule<br />Intro to Online Course<br />1 credit, 8 weeks...
How can tools like READI help?<br />What READI does for Students<br />Helps dispel misconceptions about distance learning<...
Where do schools use READI?<br />
READI Student Test and Report<br />Can be provided to all students or used through faculty.<br />
Results Reported in School’s Interface<br />
Color Coded Results<br />
Graphical Results<br />
Reporting National Averages is an Option<br />
Tabbed Sections of the Report<br />
Free Resources Provided for Each Section<br />Schools can Provide Info AboutTheir Own Resources<br />
Detailed Info On Each Learning Style<br />
Results Graphically, Textually and NumericallyReported<br />
READI Administrative Panel<br />Can be used by faculty and staff who are reviewing the student’s READI scores.<br />http:/...
Usage Metrics<br />
Results At A Glance<br />
Types of Support- Sharing Time!<br />What tools or other intervention ideas has your institution used to help support/prep...
Review<br />Skills students need to succeed online…<br />Who supports the online students…<br />Possible ideas/tools we ca...
Contact Information<br />Julie Owen, Secondary Education Account Manager/Marketing<br /> (334) 356 8353<br />Julie@eLearni...
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  1. 1. Using Learner Readiness to Improve Online Student Retention<br />Julie Owen, eLearningToolBox.com<br />Christine Lustik, Western Wyoming Community College<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Online Student Retention – so many areas to think about!<br />How is online student support perceived by institutions?<br />Technology help? Who’s job is it to intervene or plan online student support?<br />Why do students and institutions struggle?<br />Myths/Preconceptions online students may have.<br />What students are in danger? <br />Why should we intervene, continue trying to provide support? <br />How can we intervene and help some student population?<br />Interventions? Support? Remediation? Tools?<br />
  3. 3. Online Student Retention<br />Faculty Development<br />Student Preparation<br />Institution-wide Procedures<br />Adapting New Technologies<br />Course Design<br />Student Support Services<br />Data Collection/Reporting<br />
  4. 4. How is Online Support Viewed by Institutions?<br />Who in your institution develops tools/plans for online student success?<br />Distance Education Department?<br />Retention Committee?<br />Student services or academic services?<br />Faculty?<br />Who do online students call?<br />Who contacts online students when they register?<br />
  5. 5. Myths/Preconceptions<br />Students<br />Misconceptions about distance learning<br />Unrealistic view of personal strengths and weaknesses<br />Communication challenges<br />Need assistance to help them be successful<br />Schools<br />Struggle with poor retention rates in distance learning<br />Very little knowledge of student’s abilities in regards to learning from a distance – not covered on ACT, SAT, college app, or traditional placement tests<br />Communication challenges<br />Need information about their distance learners to effectively plan and deliver online courses<br />Are responsible for knowing how to help their students<br />
  6. 6. Possible Interventions - WWCC<br />Prior to Class<br />Info in Schedule<br />Intro to Online Course<br />1 credit, 8 weeks or shorter<br />Mail letter to each student that registers<br />Username, password, email, directions to login, help desk info, AND demo course information<br />Demo Course anyone can access<br />w/READI Assessment<br />At beginning of online class experience<br />Use of demo course and READI in introductory weeks/discussions<br />
  7. 7. How can tools like READI help?<br />What READI does for Students<br />Helps dispel misconceptions about distance learning<br />Bridges gap between student’s perceptions of distance learning and the reality of it.<br />Gives clear, rich feedback in multiple forms to a student about his/her strengths and opportunities for growth.<br />Opens dialogue between student and administrator<br />Offers remedial tools and suggestive helpful feedback text<br />What READI does for Institutions<br />Flags students who are at risk and signals strong students.<br />Provides clear, defined, easy-to-read scoring of student’s strong points and areas of weakness.<br />Opens dialogue between student and administrator.<br />Provides valuable insight to learning styles, attributes, and skills that should be considered in developing and delivering online classes.<br />Assists administrators as they plan for future student services.<br />
  8. 8. Where do schools use READI?<br />
  9. 9. READI Student Test and Report<br />Can be provided to all students or used through faculty.<br />
  10. 10.
  11. 11. Results Reported in School’s Interface<br />
  12. 12. Color Coded Results<br />
  13. 13. Graphical Results<br />
  14. 14. Reporting National Averages is an Option<br />
  15. 15. Tabbed Sections of the Report<br />
  16. 16. Free Resources Provided for Each Section<br />Schools can Provide Info AboutTheir Own Resources<br />
  17. 17.
  18. 18. Detailed Info On Each Learning Style<br />
  19. 19. Results Graphically, Textually and NumericallyReported<br />
  20. 20.
  21. 21. READI Administrative Panel<br />Can be used by faculty and staff who are reviewing the student’s READI scores.<br />http://admin.readi.info<br />
  22. 22. Usage Metrics<br />
  23. 23. Results At A Glance<br />
  24. 24. Types of Support- Sharing Time!<br />What tools or other intervention ideas has your institution used to help support/prepare online students?<br />
  25. 25. Review<br />Skills students need to succeed online…<br />Who supports the online students…<br />Possible ideas/tools we can use….<br />
  26. 26. Contact Information<br />Julie Owen, Secondary Education Account Manager/Marketing<br /> (334) 356 8353<br />Julie@eLearningToolBox.com<br />Christine Lustik, Director of Distance Education<br />(307) 382-1757<br />clustik@wwcc.wy.edu<br />

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