Free webinar: Improving Student Retention in Online Learning
Inside Higher Ed hosted a free webinar on Tuesday, June 10th – “Retention in Online Courses,” brought to you by Academic Partnerships and featuring Patrick Lowenthal, assistant professor of Educational Technology at Boise State University.
Online learning continues to grow and make up a larger percentage of enrollments in higher education. However, over the years, institutions often report higher attrition rates for online courses than traditional face-to-face courses. As enrollments in online courses increase and online learning becomes a larger part of institutions’ long-term planning, faculty and administrators are confronted with finding ways to improve retention in online courses and online programs. In this free webinar, presented by Academic Partnerships, the literature on attrition in online learning will be discussed as well as various strategies used to improve student retention in online learning.
Patrick Lowenthal is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University where he teaches in a fully online graduate program. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, Patrick spent a couple of years as an instructional designer at Boise State. Before moving to Idaho, Patrick worked as an Academic Technology Coordinator at the University of Colorado Denver as well an assistant professor at Regis University. Patrick is interested in problems of practice with teaching and learning online. He researches how faculty and students communicate using emerging technologies and specifically how they establish presence and community in online learning environments.