4. Online strategies
Even though blended and online learning options are a great boon for students eager to expand their learning options—a retention strategy in itself—the dip in retention post-signup has many institutions scrambling for a solution.
And while some professors offering MOOCs explain that a dip in retention is perfectly normal, there are strategies to help students stay motivated in their online learning; such as:
- Online communities [Read more here.]
- Visual technologies [Read more here.]
- Re-organizing course design for an online space [Read more here.]
- Using data analytics to spot struggling students and suggest support options [Read more here.]
5. Making the most out of mobile tech/Flipped Learning
Implementing technology—personal devices, blended environments, et cetera—within a course definitely comes with a learning curve. But outside of knowing which apps are great for the course material, there are steps faculty can take to make sure the use of technology isn’t just a passing fad or failed experiment, and keeps students motivated throughout the course.
In one of the most comprehensive compendiums of efficacy studies on technology solutions for higher education, researchers discovered five best practices across 47 different case studies from courses across the U.S., Canada, the UK and Asia, on how faculty can best improve learning with their education technology implementation:
- Communicate clear expectations of the technology
- Require the technology be used for a minimum of 10 percent of the final course grade
- Assign a mix of tutorials and other items and employ personalized learning
- Facilitate active class discussion and student preparedness by assigning lecture as homework—otherwise known as Flipped Learning [Read more here.]
- Measure and track results
[Read more about these tips here.]