Strategies to Improve Retention

Track : Online Management
Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Beginner,Intermediate,Advanced
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

Today, one of the biggest challenges in online education is the high rate of students who do not complete their programs. In this one week asynchronous workshop, join an expert facilitator from the OLC Institute as you identify the most significant retention challenges and learn how research-based strategies can be employed to increase retention and improve student satisfaction and success. With your colleagues from the field, you will evaluate evidence-based best practices from other institutions as you develop a plan that will increase student retention in your own institutional setting.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most significant challenges to retention of online students
  • Discuss and develop solutions for retaining online students

Prerequisite: None


This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • An assessment of current practices for online retention
  • A comparison of retention versus attrition and methods to address each
  • A discussion of factors and concerns that influence student retention/attrition in online courses
  • Online course level retention strategies
  • A retention best practices assessment list

Who should attend?

  • Online program staff and administrators
  • Online faculty

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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.