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ITC Audioconference-Risk Factors for Student Persistence in Online Education

MCC will host the Instructional Technology Council’s professional development audioconference entitled “Risk Factors for Student Persistence in Online Education” on Tuesday, April 20, from 2:00PM-3:00PM in room 3-115. Please note that one of the presenters is none other than our own Peggy VanKirk! The other presenters are Robert G. Knipe, Genesee Community College; Martha Dixon, Erie Community College; Susan Gallagher, Hudson Valley Community College; and, Christie F. Mitchell, Dutchess Community College.

As distance learning programs mature and support services become increasingly virtual, and online enrollment exceeds 10-15% of FTE at some institutions, student persistence (on-time successful course completion) and retention (program and degree completion) become as important as growth was a few years ago. SUNY directors of online/distance learning (DOODLE) have shared persistence data for several years, and identified student risk factors. Several SUNY colleges have implemented various course-level (instructional design, faculty training) and system-level (advising, business processes, MIS/CMS interface, etc.) tools which have been demonstrated to improve student success. This panel will overview risk factors, strategies, tools and best practices for improving student persistence (successful on-time course completion in online courses), at both course and institutional levels.

To reserve a seat, contact Ann Gilbert at <> or at ext. 3440.

Ann Gilbert
Instructional Technology