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Online Student Success Courses

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Presented at Cengage's Team Up College Survival National Conference in Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2010)

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Online Student Success Courses

  1. 1. Amber M. Epps The Art Institute of Pittsburgh 412.291.7398 amepps@aii.edu
  2. 2.  Administration  Faculty  Students  Parents  Accrediting Bodies
  3. 3.  Students who complete “success” courses are more likely to persist.  Online students who do not receive necessary info get frustrated and disappear
  4. 4. Test-taking/anxiety Note-taking Social Skills Learning styles & Personality types Diversity intelligences Wellness & reducing Access to academic Working in stress resources groups/teams Setting goals Time management Tips for remembering Money management Reading for success Career planning Plagiarism Academic policies & Student services procedures
  5. 5.  Test-taking anxiety • Academic integrity  Note-taking • Delicious.com • MyNoteIt.com • Ebook features  Social skills • Making good first impressions • The importance of listening • Netiquette • Getting to know your instructors and classmates • Social networking
  6. 6.  Learning styles & intelligences – how to apply them in a less-dynamic setting  Personality types – how to apply them in a less-dynamic setting  Diversity • Being open-minded  Wellness & reducing stress • Breathing exercises • Exercises to do while working on the computer  Access to academic resources • Online/campus
  7. 7.  Working in groups/teams • Being flexible • Team leaders vs team members • Collaboration software  Setting goals  Time management – balancing work, family, & school  Tips for remembering  Money management • Mint.com  Readingfor success – reading online vs textbook
  8. 8.  Career planning • Career Services • Flexibility • Creating a portfolio  Plagiarism • Wikipedia • Intro to citing sources  Academic policies & procedures • Online /campus  Student services • Online/campus
  9. 9.  Course navigation & terms  Textbook solutions  Basic technology skills  Expectations  Is online learning right for you?
  10. 10.  Accessing various items in the classroom • Assignments >> instructions and how to submit • Lecture materials • Handouts • Quizzes • Grade book • Discussion area • Syllabus & material requirements  Learning management system (LMS) terminology • Ex: Dropbox, Doc Sharing, Webliography, Discussion Area, etc (eCollege)
  11. 11.  Ebooks/echapters  Textbook rental  Amazon  eBay  Craigslist
  12. 12.  Uploading/downloading files  Installing plug-ins (ex: Flash, Java, etc)  Saving files and creating folders  Perform basic internet searches  Sending/receiving emails with attachments  Basic web browser skills (ex: bookmarking)  Typing  Where to get support!!!  Having a backup plan!!!
  13. 13.  Participation  Deadlines & late policy  What to expect from the instructor • Contact info • Level of participation • Turn-around/response time
  14. 14.  Student perceptions of online classes are often inaccurate. • Easier • Less time • Don’t need the book(s)/materials • Only have to log in and post assignments • No contact with instructor or classmates  Must have: • Time management skills • Ability to obtain material requirements • Self-motivation • Internal locus of control
  15. 15. Test-taking/anxiety Note-taking Social Skills Learning styles & Personality types Diversity intelligences Wellness & reducing Access to academic Working in stress resources groups/teams Setting goals Time management Tips for remembering Money management Reading for success Career planning Plagiarism Academic policies & Student services procedures Course navigation & Textbook solutions* Basic technology terms* skills* Expectations* Is online learning right for you?*
  16. 16.  Who takes this course? • Do they have any special needs that should be addressed?  Modality • Online students have very similar yet very different needs  Demographics • Non-traditional students? • Displaced workers?  Reasons for taking online classes • Work • Family • Distance • Personal (ex: lack of social skills, etc)  Other topics that may be important for YOUR students
  17. 17.  Ask ! • Students • Faculty • SurveyMonkey.com  Look at persistence • What’s going on with inactive students?

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