SLN SOLsummit 2010
February 25, 2010
Chrisie Mitchell, Associate Director, Mary Louise Van Winkle Teaching Learning Center, Dutchess Community College
Online Student Success Initiatives at Dutchess Community College
Research of online persistence conducted by many SUNY institutions seems to indicate that there are important risk factors that hinder student success in online courses. The Teaching Learning Center at DCC has translated those risk factors into specific initiatives aimed at increasing student success rates and overall online persistence at the college. These specific initiatives include:
* Registration Policy for Online Courses – DCC has implemented a policy that restricts enrollment in online courses based on first time full time status and cumulative grade point average.
* Mandatory Online Student Orientation – A current second-stage pilot at DCC, the Online Student Orientation is an automated, ANGEL-based module that seeks to inform students about their online courses, both technically and pedagogically.
* Student Outreach Program – This initiative identifies students who may be having difficulty in their online course based on logins and low time in the course shell and employs student aides to reach out to their fellow students to provide assistance and support.
* Quality Matters Initiative – A group of faculty participated in a QM pilot program at DCC in summer of 2009 in order to support student success at the course design level. Five faculty are now QM certified peer reviewers. The QM Rubric is currently being customized for use at DCC as we prepare to roll out peer review of course shell design.
This presentation will give an overview of each initiative, the process behind the implementation, and thoughts for the future.