I just finished a rehearsal with Raymond Rose.  He will be presenting Drops, Failures, and Withdrawals:  Increasing Online Retention on Friday, April 15.  This is going to be an excellent webinar.  If you teach online, a hybrid class, or even face to face, Ray will give information that can help every teacher become a better instructor.

I asked him how he became involved in online learning.

Ray:  In 1995 I was working with an educational technology R&D non-profit group that was finishing up a NSF teacher development project.  We were looking for the next funding opportunity.  The Department of ED put out an RFP. We proposed to create a virtual high school in the country.  We got it up in 1996, with one in Florida just behind us.  Our group created the term “Virtual High School”.  Working on the pedagogy for online teacher education, the Virtual High School ran all the teachers through online teacher education. We didn’t then, and still believe you cannot teach online unless you have taken a course online.  You cannot take on-ground pedagogy and put it online.  The teachers had a 26 week course (now down to 20) where they experienced being a student onling, learned online pedagogy, learned the content management system and built their online courses.  There is a need to understand that on-ground pedagogy is not online pedagogy. We wanted to contribute to the field, and so put our learnings about effective online teaching in a book that was published: Essential Elements:  Prepare, Design, and Teach Your Online Course

Raymond has a lot of great information to share.  Join us, it is free, and register at MATEC NetWorks.

Mark Viquesney

Drops, Failures and Withdrawals: Increasing Online Retention
Date:  Friday, April 15, 2011 1:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter:  Raymond Rose, Online Learning Evangelist
Length:  90 minutes

Description:  Online education has the reputation of having an ongoing problem with a high DFW (drop, failure, withdrawal) rate. The solution to reducing the DFW rate for online courses isn’t a magic bullet; it’s a series of small steps that address course and program design as well as online pedagogy and instructor facilitation. With more than 15 years of experience in online education Ray will engage the audience in a lively interactive discussion that will get to the proven steps to reduce DFWs and engage online students to help them become successful learners.