Many have spoken positively about the next generation of learning technologies, but there is reason for apprehension. While the enthusiasm of those joining the move to digital assets is encouraging, there is a certain amount of naiveté that comes with it. As a result, when people advocate for certain digital initiatives, it causes some to question what could go wrong.
Like their peers on campus, students enrolled in online programs benefit when they feel included in a community. Colleges cater to this population by offering in-person special events and extended office hours.
Creating an online community that mirrors a school’s physical campus is another way to retain online students.
This can be achieved by digitizing freshman orientation, mental health counseling, and career and résumé services.
Train both students and faculty
While providing access to courses is essential to educating students in remote areas, helping them feel they are a part of the campus community is another key piece for retention and completion efforts.
What: A branded campus app used to connect students with courses and campus life
Where: Lindsey Wilson College, located on the southern tip of rural Appalachia, in Columbia, Kentucky