Online Student Retention Requires a Collaborative Approach

Faculty Focus

Institutions of higher education are increasingly using online courses and fully-online programs as tools to increase enrollment. There are many issues surrounding the subject of online education as an enrollment strategy. For instance, attrition rates are higher in online courses and online programs than in the face-to-face environment (Carr, 2000; Moody, 2004).

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Quality Matters Monday: Standard 1.3

It’s Quality Matters Monday! Each Monday, we will highlight a Quality Matters standard and review its importance in an online course and how we evaluate this standard.

Today, we are reviewing Quality Matters Standard 1.3.

Click here to view Quality Matters Standard 1.3 in the Quality Matters Rubric.

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Back to Basics: Sample Course Map

A course map is an overview of your proposed course and is vital to the success of any online course. It comprises a brief description of the course, the instructional objectives or outcomes, the estimated time to complete each objective, the topics to be covered, the sequence of the topics, the course material, the instructional strategies, the learning resources, the reference resources, and the assessments procedures.

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Quality Matters Monday: Standard 1.2

QMIt’s Quality Matters Monday! Each Monday, we will highlight a Quality Matters standard and review its importance in an online course and how we evaluate this standard.

Today, we are reviewing Quality Matters Standard 1.2.

This standard, similar to Standard 1.1, encourages a solid course overview and introduction by including a clear purpose and structure for the course.

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Open Education Week 2015

Open Education Week 2015

It is Open Education Week 2015 this week! In light of our focus on globalization and open courses, this is the perfect time to celebrate and learn more about open education. Join us as we engage in discussion and participate in various events that are taking place across the world.

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Top 10 Tips to Use Mind Mapping Tools in eLearning

eLearning_IndustryIn this article, we’ll highlight the top 10 tips on how to make the most out of mind mapping tools. I’ll share how mind maps have the potential to transform any eLearning course or module into an aesthetically pleasing and powerful eLearning experience.

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An eLearning Design Checklist with Development in Mind

eLearningbrosTired of having developers come to you with questions? Better yet, tired of being in the middle of developing your work when you realize you didn’t think something through or document it? Time to get proactive with eLearning Design! Here is a comprehensive checklist of things you should be thinking through and documenting for each page of your course design.

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App Review: Voice Record Pro

Voice Record ProThe average person probably remembers more of what they see than what they hear. For example, you’re likely to readily remember a person’s face more easily than you would his name. However, according to molecular biologist John Medina, the key to more remembering what we see and hear is enhanced when repetition is involved.

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Quality Matters Monday: Standard 1.1

QMIt’s Quality Matters Monday! Each Monday, we will highlight a Quality Matters standard and review its importance in an online course and how we evaluate this standard.

General Standard 1 – Course Overview and Introduction: The overall design of the course is made clear to the learner at the beginning of the course.

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Why Students Don’t Attend Office Hours

Faculty Focus

By Maryellen Weimer, PhD

More than 600 students answered 17 survey items about one of their courses in order to help researchers explore factors that influence students’ use of office hours. The research goal was to identify ways instructors could increase the use of office hours because so many students don’t take advantage of this opportunity to interact with faculty.

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