Faculty Focus: Student Persistence in Online Courses

Dr. Maryellen Weimer has a post over at Faculty Focus about understanding the key factors that affect student completion rates (persistence) in online courses.  She discusses Carolyn Hart’s article “Factors Associated With Student Persistence in an Online Program of Study: A Review of the Literature.”  This article is a review of 20 articles published on the subject since 1999. (Here is my post on the same article from last October.)

Weimer points out these factors affecting persistence from the article:

  1. Satisfaction with online learning
  2. A sense of belonging to a learning community
  3. Motivation
  4. Peer and family support
  5. Time management skills
  6. Increased communication with the instructor

The full post is available at Faculty Focus.



Curt Bonk: Adding Jumbo Motivation to Online Courses & Activities with the TEC-VARIETY Model

Curt Bonk presents the final session at Engage 2013, presented by Cengage Learning with SXSWedu.Session Description: Everyone is talking about the need to motivate and engage learners. This is true in face-to-face classrooms and even more true in online environments. Many students are unhappy due to bland online content and unimaginative activities. Many others are bored since the course does not utilize current technologies. They love their iPads, iPhones, and other mobile technologies and want their instructors to utilize them. Some feel that their instructors have not addressed their preferred learning approaches. They want hands-on activities as well as time to explore the resources they find the Web. All they simply want is more variety, or more specifically, they want ‘TEC-VARIETY.’ Bonk’s new instructional design model for online learning TEC-VARIETY will break online instructors and students out of boring online learning. This session will outline dozens of active learning ideas and solutions that motivate and engage online learners in deeper learning experiences.Presenter Bio: Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning,Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has authored several widely used technology books, including The World is Open, Empowering Online Learning, The Handbook of Blended Learning, and Electronic Collaborators