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Motivating and Retaining Online Students
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Motivating and Retaining Online Students
Research-Based Strategies That Work
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Finally, the first research-based book of sound strategies and best practices to help instructors motivate students to complete their online courses.
Although studies support the effectiveness of learning online, students often fail to complete online courses. Some studies have found that as many as 50–70% drop out of their online courses or programs. Retention is not only a growing expectation and imperative, but it is also as opportunity for faculty members to take the lead in innovating, researching, and implementing new strategies while demonstrating their effectiveness.
Designed for instructors and instructional designers, Motivating and Retaining Online Students is filled with empirical research from the authors' study of motivation and retention strategies that can reduce online learner dropout. Focusing on the most important issues instructors face, such as course design; student engagement and motivation; and institutional, instructional, and informal student support strategies, the book provides effective online strategies that help minimize student dropout, increase student retention, and support student learning.
While helping to improve the overall retention rates for educational institutions, the strategies outlined in the book also allow for student diversity and individual learner differences. Lehman and Conceição's proven model gives instructors an effective approach to help students persist in online courses and succeed as learners.

Finally, the first research-based book of sound strategies and best practices to help instructors motivate students to complete their online courses.
Although studies support the effectiveness of learning online, students often fail to complete online courses. Some studies have found that as many as 50–70% drop out of their online courses or programs. Retention is not only a growing expectation and imperative, but it is also as opportunity for faculty members to take the lead in innovating, researching, and implementing new strategies while demonstrating their effectiveness.
Designed for instructors and instructional designers, Motivating and Retaining Online Students is filled with empirical research from the authors' study of motivation and retention strategies that can reduce online learner dropout. Focusing on the most important issues instructors face, such as course design; student engagement and motivation; and institutional, instructional, and informal student support strategies, the book provides effective online strategies that help minimize student dropout, increase student retention, and support student learning.
While helping to improve the overall retention rates for educational institutions, the strategies outlined in the book also allow for student diversity and individual learner differences. Lehman and Conceição's proven model gives instructors an effective approach to help students persist in online courses and succeed as learners.

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  • Rosemary M. Lehman worked with University of Wisconsin—Extension for more than 20 years and is now an author, online instructor, and partner in eInterface. Simone C. O. Conceição is a professor in the School of Education, Department of Administrative Leadership, at University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.

    They are the authors of Managing Online Instructor Workload and Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching both from Jossey-Bass.

Table of Contents-
  • List of Tables, Exhibits, and Figure ix

    Preface xi

    The Focus of This Book xii

    Who Can Benefit from This Book xii

    Our Beliefs About Learning and Teaching xii

    How This Book Is Organized xiii

    Acknowledgments xiv

    About the Authors xvii

    1. Concerns and Opportunities for Online Student Retention 1

    Evolving Concepts of Presence, Communication, and Interaction 1

    Redefining the Characteristics of the Higher Education Learner 2

    New Ways of Learning 2

    Causes for Increased Enrollment 3

    The State of Higher Education and Online Learning 4

    Concerns for Online Student Retention 5

    Reasons Online Students Drop Out 5

    Factors for Student Persistence in Online Education 7

    Opportunities for Online Education 10

    New Learner Behaviors and Skills in the 21st Century 11

    Filling the Gap: Strategies for Online Persistence 14

    2. Design Strategies for Retaining Online Students 17

    Intentional Design for Online Courses 19

    Design Elements and Strategies to Help Students Stay Motivated Online 20

    Creating the Learning Environment 20

    Planning for the Teaching Process 25

    Predicting Learners' Needs 30

    The Impact of Intentional Design for Online Course Success 32

    Design Strategies for Retaining Online Students 34

    3. Student Strategies for Staying Motivated Online 38

    Pathway and Strategies for Staying Motivated in Online Courses 38

    Self-Awareness 39

    Self-Efficacy 40

    A Purpose for Taking a Course 41

    Means to Achieve Goals 42

    Rewards for Achieving Goals 53

    Explaining Study Findings from a Motivational Perspective 56

    Incorporating Student Strategies into Course Design 59

    4. Support Strategies for Helping Online Students Persist 65

    Types of Support Perceived as Important by Students 66

    Human Resource Support 66

    Institutional Support 69

    Self-Care 70

    Support Strategies for Helping Online Students Persist 71

    Instructional Support Strategies 72

    Institutional Support Strategies 75

    Self-Care Strategies 80

    5. Pulling the Strategies Together 83

    Established Findings Related to Online Student Retention 84

    Major Contributions from Our Study 84

    New Ways of Th inking About Learning and Teaching 86

    Persistence Model for Online Student Retention 87

    Student-Centered Model 88

    Strategies for Helping Students Persist in an Online Course 89

    Times of Change for Learning in the 21st Century 94

    Instructors' Skills for Meeting Students' 21st-Century Fluencies 95

    Implications and Conclusions for Learning and Teaching Online 104

    Glossary 107

    References 111

    Appendix 1 117

    Appendix 2 127

    Index 135

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