Engagement, Persistence    and Retention   How The University of Southern Mississippi usesConnectYard to Successfully Enha...
ConnectYard Overview An innovative communications platform  that improves the student experience  through increased engag...
ConnectYard Overview   (continued) Learn                       ANGEL Edition                             WebCT
Introduction Amy   Thornton  ◦ Project Manager - Learning Enhancement    Center and Eagle Learning Online Cindy   Handle...
Snapshot of USM  Dual   campuses   ◦ Hattiesburg   ◦ Gulf Coast   ◦ 6 Colleges  SACS  Accredited  Approximately 800 fac...
Why ConnectYard?We  recognize the importance of socialization in online instructionKnowledge of important role that soci...
Hurdles Associated with PilotImplementationMarketingFaculty   and Student Buy-in ◦ Fear that Professors   will have acce...
ConnectYard Pilot ImplementationFaculty/Student     Buy-In  ◦ Easy to use  ◦ Building Block Integration  ◦ Bridge to Soci...
Promotion and Awareness Feature at Innovation in Online Learning Luncheons for faculty Includein Faculty Professional De...
Current Use of ConnectYard Getting   Everyone Connected  ◦ Faculty to Student  ◦ Student to Faculty  ◦ Student to Student...
Planned Uses of ConnectYard  Enhance  hybrid courses & supplementals  Communication/interaction tool between   learning ...
ConnectYard Key Function Personalize   Channels   ◦ Personal Preferences   ◦ Protect Privacy One-Way  & Two-Way Bb Inte...
Student Feedback"It was convenient to receive notifications regarding the                   activity on Blackboard.”      ...
Closing          QUESTIONS?           COMMENTS
Contact                 Thank You!        Connect with us at          Phone: 973.494-8063          Email: Info@ConnectY...
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How USM Uses ConnectYard to Successfully Enhance Engagement, Persistence, and Retention Efforts

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This is a presentation we gave at the 2012 Blackboard World Conference along with our partners at ConnectYard.

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  • How USM Uses ConnectYard to Successfully Enhance Engagement, Persistence, and Retention Efforts

    1. 1. Engagement, Persistence and Retention How The University of Southern Mississippi usesConnectYard to Successfully Enhance these Key Factors
    2. 2. ConnectYard Overview An innovative communications platform that improves the student experience through increased engagement!
    3. 3. ConnectYard Overview (continued) Learn ANGEL Edition WebCT
    4. 4. Introduction Amy Thornton ◦ Project Manager - Learning Enhancement Center and Eagle Learning Online Cindy Handley ◦ Assistant Professor & Medical Technologist Sheri Rawls ◦ Director - Learning Enhancement Center and Eagle Learning Online
    5. 5. Snapshot of USM  Dual campuses ◦ Hattiesburg ◦ Gulf Coast ◦ 6 Colleges  SACS Accredited  Approximately 800 faculty  Approximately 16,000 students across all campuses  Offering online courses since 1998 ◦ over 27,000 enrollments in online courses (fall 2011) ◦ 23 graduate hybrid/fully online graduate programs ◦ 8 undergraduate fully online programs ◦ 4 fully online certificates  Blackboard LMS - ConnectYard integrated
    6. 6. Why ConnectYard?We recognize the importance of socialization in online instructionKnowledge of important role that social media plays in students’ livesDesire to improve communication and increase participation in online coursesMission is to enhance learning and the overall student experienceCampus email is not effective
    7. 7. Hurdles Associated with PilotImplementationMarketingFaculty and Student Buy-in ◦ Fear that Professors will have access to FB pages ◦ Faculty concerned with added workload ◦ Social Media Policy
    8. 8. ConnectYard Pilot ImplementationFaculty/Student Buy-In ◦ Easy to use ◦ Building Block Integration ◦ Bridge to Social MediaPosition ConnectYard ◦ Integral part to each course ◦ Stress privacy protectionEncourage Students to Personalize NotificationsStress Use to Quantify Class Participation
    9. 9. Promotion and Awareness Feature at Innovation in Online Learning Luncheons for faculty Includein Faculty Professional Development Standardtool on Bb Learn course template Increaseintra-departmental use for demonstration and modeling Press Release Campus Rollout
    10. 10. Current Use of ConnectYard Getting Everyone Connected ◦ Faculty to Student ◦ Student to Faculty ◦ Student to Student Communication within Courses Student Notifications
    11. 11. Planned Uses of ConnectYard  Enhance hybrid courses & supplementals  Communication/interaction tool between learning teams  Back channeling during course and web presentations  Intra-department interaction & communication  Campus Notifications  Student Services ◦ Tutoring, Event Notifications, First Year Experience & Diversity Initiatives  Marketing & Recruitment
    12. 12. ConnectYard Key Function Personalize Channels ◦ Personal Preferences ◦ Protect Privacy One-Way & Two-Way Bb Integration ◦ Discussion Boards ◦ Announcements Participation Points Granular Administration
    13. 13. Student Feedback"It was convenient to receive notifications regarding the activity on Blackboard.” ---------- “It allowed me to be better informed of what was happening within the class with regard to blackboard.” ---------- Key benefit of ConnectYard, “…to receive instant notification of any updates or announcements as they pertained to my class.” ---------- "IT WAS A GREAT TOOL."
    14. 14. Closing QUESTIONS? COMMENTS
    15. 15. Contact Thank You!  Connect with us at  Phone: 973.494-8063  Email: Info@ConnectYard.com  Web: http:///www.ConnectYard.com  Twitter: http:///www.Twitter.com/ConnectYard  Facebook: http://Apps.Facebook.com/ConnectYard

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