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Improving Online Student Engagement through Synchronous Learning Sessions

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Improving Online Student Engagement through Synchronous Learning Sessions

  1. 1. Improving Online StudentEngagement through SynchronousLearning SessionsHeather Zink / Hybrid Classroom ManagerRasmussen College
  2. 2. Contact InformationHeather ZinkHybrid Classroom Managerheather.zink@rasmussen.edu (email)twitter.com/zinkpath (twitter)facebook.com/heatherzink.at.rasonline (facebook)952-230-5068 (office)download slides: http://heatherzink.wordpress.com 7/10/2012
  3. 3. GOALS OF THE SESSION• Develop an understanding of blended learning opportunities for online students• Discuss the benefits & strategies for implementing synchronous learning activities into online academics• Discuss key components to engaging students in online synchronous learning sessions Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential.
  4. 4. I. Background on Hybrid Course Delivery Agenda II. Live Lecture Project – great stats! III. Student Feedback IV. Workshop Structure V. Types of Content VI. Q&AJuly 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 4
  5. 5. Hybrid Delivery at Rasmussen I. Virtual Live Lectures II. Flex 50 – Campus-based & Virtual III. Flat Instructor July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 5
  6. 6. Live Lecture Project• High failure, low retention courses – how do we change this?• Q1/Q2 students – what makes them different? – What needs do they have?• Live lecture series – deliver the same lecture multiple times throughout the week• T-E-A-M of highly qualified faculty to create engaging sessions focused on weekly objectives• Award course credit for attendance – 5 points – 5% of overall score July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 6
  7. 7. Average Session Attendance Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday SaturdayMorning 9am 8am 9am 9am 7am ---4--- ---3--- ---9--- ---10--- ---21--- 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am ---8--- ---9--- ---11--- ---19--- ---37---Afternoon 2pm 12pm 2pm 1pm ---6--- ---17--- ---12--- ---12--- 4pm 3pm ---7--- ---16---Evening 7pm 7pm 6pm 7pm 5pm ---22--- ---10--- ---10--- ---22--- ---11--- 9pm 8pm 9pm 7pm ---8--- ---18--- ---18--- ---21---July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 7
  8. 8. Objectives of the Live Lectures Provide students with an opportunity to interact with instructors and other students Reinforce and clarify concepts from each week’s topics Increase pass rates and retention ratesJuly 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 8
  9. 9. Statistic Goals Attendance: 50% Retention: 80% Pass Rates: 80% Course Average: 80% July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 9
  10. 10. Hands clappingJuly 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 10
  11. 11. Spring EOQ Attendance Stats – M120 Of 528 students finishing the course… • 86% attended at least 1 session • 70% attended over half of the sessions Sessions Course • 86% pass rate attended Average 0 66.9 • 84% average score 1-4 51.3 • 82% retention 5-8 87.2 all 94.1 ---528/646--- July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 11
  12. 12. Spring 2012 Student Comments “…it is nice to recap the information I read in the book and hear a bit of examples on the subject. It helps it stick in my brain more. I do sometimes having trouble getting into a session since I am home alone with my children most of the time and it is hard to hear then. I do my best and think I have found a good time span to do this. Overall I think it is a good time for review and makes it seem kind of more like a real classroom environment. I am unable to take residential classes due to my childcare situation so being able to take more courses online was the main reason I chose Rasmussen. The Live lectures are a great way to get the experience of being in a class. Thanks.”July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 12
  13. 13. Awesome Feedback!! “Ive never had a class that made them a requirement, but I do find them extremely useful. I feel like I retain the information better too. Im a hands on learner so the lecture is the next best thing when it comes to needing to take online classes.” “I enjoy these lectures, it makes reading and studying the chapters fun, I wish they did these in every class. “July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 13
  14. 14. More Good Stuff!! “I actually look forward to the live lectures. I enjoy them every week! We get a lot of information from them that helps on the assignments and quizzes.” “I was a little unsure about the live lectures at first but now I really enjoy them. It just gives me a chance to learn the material better than from just reading the chapter. I wouldnt change anything. I look forward to it every week.” “Honestly I missed the first two weeks because I forgot about it then the second week I didnt realize it was in Eastern Time since we were all from MN, or ND area I assumed it was Central Time. But I do enjoy them and wouldnt change anything but make us involved just a little bit more but not too much. It gives people a chance to show off how much they know and some learn more by being more involved.” July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 14
  15. 15. EOQ Data – Spring 2012 Average # Highest % attending Course Phase of Live Course % passing Retention per session each week average Lecture Project session attendance 24 Pilot – 10 B136 51% 81% 75.0 78% 6 Saturday sections 10pm 70 Full Course D132 59% 88% 81.6 79% 23 Saturday – 50 2pm sectionsJuly 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 15
  16. 16. …notice anything about students attending atleast 5 sessions a quarter… Final Scores B080 B099 D132 G233 B136 0 sessions 43.6 14.3 61.0 59.9 49.5 1-4 sessions 43.5 58.3 69.9 58.5 49.9 5-8 sessions 73.6 83 86.7 70 81.7 All 9 sessions 82.0 80.5 95.4 83.4 92.2July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 16
  17. 17. Embedded Librarian Partnership • Professional Practice Activity – student success is highly variable • Library and Learning Center staff attended sessions to discussed assignment specific resources 68%  84% July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 17
  18. 18. 2012 ProjectsSpring Pilots Summer additionsB136 Intro to Business English CompositionG233 College Algebra Introduction to Criminal Justice AcceleratED Bachelor’s coursesContinuing Courses Fall additionsM120 Medical Terminology Medical CodingD132 Computer Applications Introduction to Early Childhood EducationB080 Reading & Writing Strategies Anatomy & PhysiologyB099 Foundations of MathJuly 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 18
  19. 19. How do they do it? TEAM SPIRIT!!! Course lead with a great team of support! • Training Training Training !! • Decide on how lectures/workshops will be delivered • Split up the work for creating them GOAL = To create an engaging learning experience for the students July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 19
  20. 20. Collaborative efforts promote student success & faculty satisfactionJuly 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 20
  21. 21. Workshop Structure• Think of each 1 hour workshop as a ‘lab’• Students come with textbook exercises/assignments complete – communication prior to workshop is key! – Specific questions/agenda discussed in workshop – Answers and/or sample assignments are provided – it’s a work session, the group will work through the problems – Potential for small group work in Breakout Rooms • Each workshop includes : – Ice breaker question, 5 course polls, 1 video/animation/interactive website, webcam use & picture uploadedJuly 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 21
  22. 22. Workshop/Live Lecture components • Each session includes (at minimum): – Ice breaker question/activity – 5 course polls/quick quizzes – 1 video/animation/interactive website • Another voice other than the instructor – Interaction with the students every 5-10 minutes – Webcam use & picture uploaded July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 22
  23. 23. Types of Content  Upload PowerPoint slides  Show web pages and have students may complete activity.  Use eBoard to draw, point, underline to highlight or create content.  Use Application Share to review an application or go review a paper.  Create Poll questions – interaction promotes conversation!!  Select a ‘note-taker’.
  24. 24. A few examples to get us started…
  25. 25. Weekly Assignments• Discussion – Everyone’s talking about HIPAA – Focus on the PRIVACY RULE – http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understan ding/index.html• Written assignment – Confidentiality of Medical Records – Use Chapter 10 & the AHIMA article attached to the assignment• Quiz
  26. 26. What do you know?1. Hemodialysis is the process by which cancer cells are filtered directly from the patient’s blood. True or False
  27. 27. Answer: False.Hemodialysis is the process by whichwaste products are filtered from thepatient’s blood.
  28. 28. 1 2 3 4 5
  29. 29. Renal Pelvis • Primary Function – Collects urine produced by the kidney. • Related Combining Form – ___________________ – What type of disease is depicted in this picture?
  30. 30. Prepositional phrases
  31. 31. AdverbsAdverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Adverbs answer the questions:• Where?• When?• How?• How often?• To what extent?July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 31
  32. 32. Adjectives The bedroom was filled with huge, moldy boxes.• The (adjective) modifies bedroom. Huge describes the size of the boxes while moldy describes the appearance. What kind of boxes? Huge and moldy boxes.July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 32
  33. 33. Using Good and Well Correctly GOOD • Louis is such a good recruiter. • His decision to hire Rhonda was a good one. • What kind of recruiter is Louis? (Good) • What kind of decision was it? (Good) WELL • Louis is doing so well with his karate lessons. (How is he doing?) • Rhondas work is well beyond what we expected. (To what extent is her work?) July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 33
  34. 34. ConjunctionsConjunctions connect words, phrases, or clauses.Sample Conjunctions:And or soBut nor for yetThe fish and the frog like to swim, but the camel likes to walk.July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 34
  35. 35. Week 3 Discussion-Ready for a Snack For your first post, compare and contrast two favorite snacks. Write one sentence describing each snack. Snacks could be chocolate cake and popcorn, brownies and ice cream, cherry pie and celery, or pizza and a hamburger. Try to include one adjective in each of your sentences. In your response to another student, see if you can identify the adjectives they used. What other parts of speech do you see? Subject? Verb? Adverb? Did anyone use a conjunction or a preposition? July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 35
  36. 36. A Tale of Two Examples: Meets the expectation: • I like creamy strawberry milkshakes. Impresses and allows you to PRACTICE!!!: • I can’t wait for the hot, long days of summer when I can make fresh, smooth and creamy strawberry milkshakes using plump and juicy sun ripened strawberries from my amazing garden. July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 36
  37. 37. On your scratch paper, jot down a few sample sentences for the Scratch paper discussion. See how many descriptive adjectives you can use.July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 37
  38. 38. Collaborative Live SessionsONLINE COURSES ON-CAMPUS COURSES • Welcome/Open House • Invite guest speakers who cannot come on-campus or reside out of • Review and reflect discussion state forums • Archive explanations of • Discuss weekly lesson applications or procedures • Create breakout rooms for • Students who miss a class can group discussions and remotely participate activities • Students can complete their • Project presentations group projects by working collaboratively in the virtual • Share desktop to show course classroom specific applications.
  39. 39. We are enhancing the learning experience & building community for our students! …and BONUS – increasing pass rates & retention!July 10, 2012 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2011. Proprietary and Confidential. 39
  40. 40. Contact InformationHeather ZinkHybrid Classroom Managerheather.zink@rasmussen.edu (email)twitter.com/zinkpath (twitter)facebook.com/heatherzink.at.rasonline (facebook)952-230-5068 (office)download slides: http://heatherzink.wordpress.com 7/10/2012

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