Develop a series of action plans to increase online student success at your institution.
Online student retention and success have become critical amidst recent declines in online program enrollment across many institutions. Join your colleagues and our expert instructors—from public, private, and community colleges—in Orlando to discuss practical strategies for online student retention. This is the only conference of its kind that will allow you to:
To help you apply the concepts that will be learned at this conference to your own context, you will be given plenty of hands-on working time and will walk away with the scaffolding of a plan that you can use to increase online student success at your own institution.
Learn how you can go about better evaluating the preparedness of your online student cohorts. You will leave the workshop ready to implement new assessment strategies or improve upon those you already have in place.
If you want to increase your online students’ academic success and retention rates, learn support strategies, or reinforce what you know, this program is for you. Institutional teams consisting of online program managers, academic advisors, faculty, student services personnel, and retention and enrollment staff will benefit from this conference. Register two colleagues from your institution and a third can attend for 50% off!
Contact Sarah Seigle, Program Manager at Sarah@academicimpressions.com or 720-988-1216 if you’d like additional information about the program.
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Learning Outcome:After participating in this conference, you will be able to improve your online retention and student success efforts.
In this pre-conference workshop, you will learn how you can go about better evaluating the preparedness of your online student cohorts. You will leave the workshop ready to implement new assessment strategies or improve upon those you already have in place. Specific topics of conversation will include:
During this time, you will self-select into one of the following sessions, depending on what is best suited to your job duties and areas of interest:
Student Support: Best Practices for Advising Communication and AutomationThis session will feature a focused conversation on best-practice techniques for advising communication for online students. Which advising communication philosophies work best at different institutions? How can automation and other digital technologies help maximize impact and efficiency in your advising processes? What “communication plans” are other institutions using? You will be given ample time to discuss these topics with the group and to plan for improvement of your own strategies in this area.
Online Faculty Training: Structure, Content, and DeliveryThis session will feature a similarly focused conversation on the topic of training programs for online faculty. How are other institutions training faculty to teach effectively online? What does the format of those training programs look like, and which aspects of effective online teaching are they most emphasizing? What content is being covered? You will hear a presentation from one institution that has implemented an exemplary faculty training program, and will also be given time to identify your own strengths and opportunities for improvement in this area at your institution.
Dr. Betts has over 20 years of experience in higher education serving in key leadership positions within private, public, and for-profit institutions as a program director, Senior Director for e-Learning, (90+ online and blended programs), Director of Online & Blended Learning, and Chief Academic Officer. She has also served as a Trustee at a research university. Dr. Betts’ expertise is in higher education, online and blended learning, curriculum and instructional design, strategic planning, and evaluation. Her research focus is on online and blended learning, Online Human Touch/high touch, Brain-Targeted Teaching, 21st century skills, workforce/career development, student/faculty retention, eAdvising, eStudent Affairs, accessibility, and faculty development. Dr. Betts is a reviewer for a regional accrediting organization, a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer, and an instructor for the Online Learning Consortium Advanced Certificate program. Dr. Betts serves as a conference reviewer for several national and international associations. She has been a reviewer for 12 journals and been a guest editor for two special issues of a refereed journal. Dr. Betts has received distinguished national awards for her work in higher education and online learning including the CITE 2015 Award by Pearson for Excellence in Online Administration. Dr. Betts has also been a keynote speaker at conferences and government-supported events in Sweden, South Korea, Canada, and across the United States.
In addition to his duties as Associate Professor and Chair, Mark is responsible for the College's online bachelor's degree completion programs, as well as the online graduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning, and all non-degree continuing education courses and programs. He also oversees the College's quality control initiatives for online courses and the faculty training and development activities.
Prior to joining Norwich University in 2013, he worked at University of Maryland University College, where he served in a variety of roles, including Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs, in which he made major contributions to the development and quality of UMUC's pioneering worldwide online delivery program. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His area of specialization is technology-mediated communication in education and the workplace. He is a frequent conference presenter on the topic of the success and retention of online students in higher education. In 2010, he was recognized by the University Continuing Education Association "for outstanding contribution to the body of research on distance education" for his work on the experiences of non-native speakers of English in fully online U.S. university courses. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mark has 25 years of experience in higher education administration and teaching.
Tom has over 20 years of experience working in higher education. Since 2001, Tom has held various leadership positions within Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) at UMUC where he helped establish and lead the original student recruitment and academic advising departments in SEM. As one of the largest public universities in the United States, these departments continue to serve civilian, military and veteran adult online learners at all points of the academic life cycle. Tom is also a certified call center manager where he helped establish a Quality Assurance department and performance management model that measures advising service levels to students.
Currently, Tom creates and implements strategic and innovative retention initiatives with the purpose of increasing re-enrollment growth and driving student success through the use of data and predictive analytics. He has presented to national and international audiences on the strategic use of data and the prescriptive nature of student advising. Prior to his career in strategic enrollment management, Tom completed his undergraduate degree in Biology with a focus on molecular biology. Tom is now in the process of completing his Masters of Science in Project Management at UMUC.
Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive5905 International DriveOrlando, FL 32819
To reserve your room, please click here or call 407.351.2100. Please indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.
The rate is $125 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable tax.
A room block has been reserved for the nights of May 16, 17, and 18, 2017.
Make your reservations prior to April 16, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early. Rooms are subject to hotel availability.
Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive is centrally located and is less than three miles from all of Orlando's best attractions. Orlando International Airport (MCO) is approximately 17 miles from the hotel. The hotel offers fast and free WiFi, on-site parking, and local Best Brews® craft beer during your stay.
Shuttle: Mears Transportation, reservations required. Please call 855.463.2776 or book online.
“This conference was great! The speakers were very knowledgeable and engaging. The best part was networking with others going through the same situation, and realizing we are not alone.”- Crystal Faulkner, E-Mentor, Austin Peay State University
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