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Engagement for Retention: Enhancing the Online Graduate Student Learner Experience Through the Development of a Virtual Community
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, University of North Texas | University of Arkansas at Little Rock, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-37-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The number of students taking online courses has continued to expand rapidly over the last decade (Allen and Seamon, 2009). Although there has been great progress and success with online learning, many challenges remain (Cho, 2012). Research by Nye (2015) contends there is positive value and outcome derived through engagement in an online community, which can yield an academic community of practice. The purpose of this session is to provide an opportunity for discussion of development of an online community for students enrolled in a fully online graduate program. For this current project, the online community will consist of key aspects we have deemed fundamental to the retention and success of our students; 1) Program Orientation Module, 2) Capstone Portfolio Guidelines and Program Forms Module, and 3) Collaborative Shared Space for Communication, Collaboration, and Exchange of Resources among Students and the Program Faculty.

Citation

Lipscomb, S. (2019). Engagement for Retention: Enhancing the Online Graduate Student Learner Experience Through the Development of a Virtual Community. In K. Graziano (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 478-483). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 8, 2019 from .

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