retention strategies

5 Teaching Strategies for Struggling Students

It can be challenging to spot struggling students in your classroom. And even if you realize a student is having issues, figuring out how to help them achieve academic success before it is too late is yet another challenge. Having some basic teaching strategies on hand to not only recognize students who are falling behind, but also to help them catch up before it’s too late, is essential.

Identify struggling students

Struggling students come in a variety of forms, from the troublemaker to the quiet type. Figuring out who needs help achieving academic success is not always easy. “Swimming Read More…


Bringing Student Success to the Forefront at the 2016 ASU+GSV Summit

This week, thought leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, innovators and heads of business and industry are convening in San Diego for the 2016 ASU+GSV Summit. Held over three days, this summit provides the venue for leading minds in education technology to partner, explore and discuss challenges and opportunities facing the future of the edtech.

Retention, persistence, & completion

Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen will be participating in ASU+GSV’s Leaders Track. Additionally, Learning Objects Chief Learning Officer Jon Mott will be participating in a panel discussion focusing on next generation learning systems and redefining adaptive learning. The panel, “Next Generation Digital Platforms,” will be Read More…


Three Ways to Address STEM Attrition Through EdTech

Recent shifts in the global economy has placed a new national focus on the STEM–Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics–fields. However, we are simultaneously facing a crisis of STEM attrition as large swaths of students—48% of bachelor’s candidates and 69% of associate’s candidates—entering STEM majors in higher education drop out without completing their degree or switch to a different major. This trend of student flight has policymakers worried that a lack of STEM-educated talent will negatively impact our ability to compete in the global marketplace. While some aspects of STEM attrition are unavoidable, there are several strategies based in Read More…


Tips for Students: Staying Motivated in the Winter Months

Staying motivated in the long winter months is no easy feat. Schools in many locations experience blizzards and severe weather conditions that make it hard to commute. And we’re all faced with fewer daylight hours that can make it hard to stay active and in high-spirits. If you’ve noticed your students dragging more than usual lately, share these top five tips for staying motivated in the winter months. Read More…


Aplia Gets Beth McCall’s Students Get Off to the “Write” Start

Are you seeking a learning solution that helps build fundamental writing and grammar skills and also works to improve student retention rates among your developmental writing students? Discover how Aplia helped Beth McCall of Gaston College (Dallas, NC) offer her students much-needed practice and reinforcement of key concepts, provide instant and constructive feedback, and increase retention in her courses.
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With SAM, Merlin Amirtharaj’s Computing Students can Learn at Their Own Pace

Students enter Computing courses with a variety of motivations, needs, and purposes—and they also come with a diverse set of learning needs and backgrounds. Thus, the learning solutions that you choose for your course should provide an environment that accommodates all proficiency levels. With self-paced training and projects that address multiple learning styles, SAM has allowed Merlin Amirtharaj’s students at Stanly Community College (Albemarle, NC) to work through their assignments as slowly or as quickly as their level of expertise allows. In the following Success Story, you’ll learn more about how Merlin uses SAM in her course, and how it’s helped her increase student engagement and retention, and how it enables her to ensure consistency in course content across a number of sections. Read More…


Promoting the Value of Persistence

Have you heard the saying “persistence pays off”? Or how about “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”? Both of these familiar aphorisms remind us that, if we hope to solve a problem, reach a goal, or achieve a dream, we need to stay the course despite setbacks, hardships, and frustrations. Your goal may have been earning your graduate degree, securing support and funding for an important initiative, completing a triathlon, or attaining another objective that’s close to your heart and mind. For some of your students, the goal may also be to earn a college Read More…


Addressing Math and Test Anxiety

In your role as an instructor, you’ve probably seen the the detrimental effect that math or test anxiety can have on your students. And if you haven’t observed this for yourself, perhaps you’ve experienced test anxiety other forms of anxiety in your own life. Either way, you likely recognize that anxiety rarely, if ever, produces any positive results. In fact, it can hinder people from taking part in beneficial and meaningful activities, can rob them of the enjoyment of a potentially pleasurable activity, and can keep them from performing to the best of their abilities. If you would like to Read More…


A Closer Look at an Emporium-Structured Developmental Math Course

According to the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT), an emporium-model course encourages active, student-centered, and self-directed learning, while presenting opportunity for one-on-one help from the instructors, tutors, and/or teaching assistants who staff the  computer lab. Instead of lectures, students engage in a lab setting that requires hands-on interaction with computer-based tutorials, assessments, and other learning materials. Though this model is generally most frequently seen in mathematics, other disciplines are experimenting with it as well. If you’re intrigued by this idea, but are accustomed to delivering traditional, lecture-based instruction, you may be wondering how such Read More…


Measuring the Impact of Course Redesign

As you engage in the process of course redesign, you’ll need to develop a means of identifying and communicating your successes. How do you measure the impact of your work? And how do you prove that your efforts have made a difference among students, faculty, and the institution as a whole? In the recent webinar “Assessing Learning and Cost in Course Redesign,” Dr. Carolyn Jarmon, Vice President of the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT), shares some of the methods that institutions have used to assess the impact of course redesign on student learning and instructional costs. Read More…