As demand for online courses continues to grow, faculty are challenged with creating and delivering engaging and rigorous online education that meets the needs of the future workforce. It is essential that higher education leaders involve faculty in online curriculum development and provide robust training to equip them with the tools and pedagogical skills needed to support online learning.
Prioritize Online Students’ Self-Efficacy to Increase Retention
To be successful in online courses requires a high degree of motivation, time-management skills and resilience. The academic term used to describe this innate self-belief and motivation is self-efficacy: “the belief that one is capable of executing certain behaviors or achieving certain goals” (Ormrod, 2011). Online student self-efficacyis identified as the most influential factor linked to retention (Ivankova and Stick, 2007; Liaw, 2008; Street, 2010).
Assessing online student self-efficacy can be challenging and most institutions are not aware of students’ low-confidence until it is too late to intervene. Investing in tools to understand students’ self-efficacy is a critical first-step to increasing online student success. Additionally, providing all online students with intentionally designed orientation, and support services like tutoring andpeer mentoringhas been shown to drive self-efficacy and persistence.
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