Collaborative groups and mutual support strategies to ensure student engagement, retention, and success in on-line graduate programs: Models for face-to-face and virtual collaboration
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McBride, R. & Fuller, F. (2007). Collaborative groups and mutual support strategies to ensure student engagement, retention, and success in on-line graduate programs: Models for face-to-face and virtual collaboration. In R. Carlsen et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2007 (pp. 418-425). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) 2007
San Antonio, Texas, USA
March 26, 2007
Roger Carlsen, Karen McFerrin, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber & Dee Anna Willis
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There is a documented history of student attrition in graduate programs. While programs with significant online components offer no less a problem for student persistence than residential ones, both the causes and possible strategies for remediation are, in part, different. This study describes a series of strategies for collaborative grouping and shared research experience among students engaged in distance education graduate study. Two kinds of collaboration have been designed: shared, face-to-face grouping arranged when cohorts of three-to-five students can be brought together, and synchronous online collaboration in cases of student cohorts widely separated. Increases in student persistence, interaction, and completion have been apparent in the case of each type of group. Strategies for design, motivating participation, and ensuring continued contact over many classes are discussed.
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