Role of Assessment Software in Student Retention and Success in Online Courses
Concurrent Session 2
Although more students are enrolling for online courses, they are also dropping from these courses at a higher rate. This presentation will focus on some of the pre-course assessment tools, techniques and findings implemented in Auburn University at Montgomery online courses that has helped with student success and retention.
Although more students are enrolling for online courses, they are also dropping from these courses at a higher rate. Institutions interested in growing their online programs have grappled with this issue for a longtime. Studies in the past have related student success mostly to student satisfaction/expectations, teaching effectiveness/presence and pedagogy. However, it is time to understand how these studies have actually helped with increasing the retention rate in online courses. This presentation will focus on some of the pre-course assessment tools, techniques and findings implemented in Auburn University at Montgomery online courses that has helped with student success and retention.
Auburn University at Montgomery is growing its online programs and online course offerings and their major focus is on growing with quality, increase student retention, and being mindful of student needs. The idea is to provide equal opportunity to all learning styles and be inclusive. The institution has put in a lot of effort in faculty development training, assisting faculty with developing quality courses that follows quality matter standards, and other national best practices. The primary focus of this presentation is to share data collected from a pilot study conducted in fall 2018. This study will elaborate on the findings and share some strategies that Auburn University at Montgomery Office of Digital Learning has recently taken to implement and expand those findings in to some gateway online courses in fall 2019 to increase retention rate in those courses. The assessment strategy will be incorporated in all sections of English and History lower level courses. This experiment will impact 596 students. Strategies will include ideas from both sides of the academic and student services house. Presentation will describe what tools are we using, and why does it make a difference, what did Auburn University Montgomery students think about the assessment tool, what are the reasons for implementing a pre-course assessment and how did it change the performance of the students in the class.
a) Learn about evolution of distance education from a student success viewpoint.
b) Investigate some of the past studies on student success and student retention.
c) Current challenges of student retention in online courses in higher education.
d) What are some possible reasons of low retention rates in online courses?
e) Evaluate some assessment software that are used currently by many institutions
f) Examine the software that Auburn University at Montgomery has piloted and share results of the implementation of the software.
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