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2016 November 7 - 10:38 am

Effective LMS Can Boost Learning, Retention

Engaging Students with Technology Is a Growing Imperative

When it comes to engaging with students, community colleges in particular cater to a challenging demographic. Many of their students have inadequate college preparation, financial disadvantages or hectic work schedules.

One way to improve student engagement is to combine teaching best practices with a learning management system (LMS) that has embedded retention tools. The institutional shift toward “blended learning,” or technology-mediated instruction, has already increased student interaction in a powerful way. However, an affordable LMS that has integrated retention tools is a crucial part of the equation.

Before implementing a next generation LMS, community colleges should carefully consider these questions:

• Should the LMS be able to provide my faculty with activities or assessments they cannot offer in the classroom?

• Should the LMS enrich the educational experience for all levels of students and many types of learners?

• Does the LMS provider offer the kind of customer service, technical support and instructional design guidance that my school deserves at an affordable price?

• Can my college afford the cost of a first-generation LMS once technologymediated instruction is implemented in every course?

• Will my students receive the “just-in-time,” personalized direction they need to complete blended learning courses and fully online programs?

As technology is embraced by your faculty for blended learning, there is evidence that it can enhance student performance, provide equal opportunity for students of all learning styles, connect more students with your institution, and potentially reduce dropout and withdrawal rates.

Now more than ever, student retention and engagement at community colleges must be given top priority if the country hopes to respond effectively to the trends reshaping national and international life, including challenges to the stability of the middle class, shifting demographics and the imperative to rebuild the vigor of our nation’s schools and communities.

In the past 15 years, community colleges have made exceptional strides in reaching disadvantaged populations. Community colleges have met numerous challenges that undermine their ability to retain students and transfer students to four-year institutions.

Among those challenges are including rising costs and a mismatch between demands and resources. Community colleges are ready to roll out the next phase to engage students in learning, improve course completion rates and offer blended curriculums leading to guided pathways of career achievement. Engaging students with technology is imperative if retention is to be improved in American community colleges, and a college’s choice of an LMS provider could turn the tide, in their rates of completion and the success of future generations.

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