WCET's 29th Annual Meeting
Embedding Online Student Communities to Improve Student Retention & Satisfaction

Speaker: , Director of Distance Learning, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Speaker: , Director, Coastal Office of Online Learning, Coastal Carolina University
Speaker: , VP, Academic Resources and Communication, Southern New Hampshire University
Moderator: , Program Consultant, California Community Colleges' Online Education Initiative


Many online learners struggle to integrate academically and socially to the online learning environment, resulting in student attrition. The panelists will explore the relationship between developing and nurturing an intentional online learner community with a focus on improved student satisfaction and persistence. Through a series of questions, panelists will reflect on a connected set of strategies aimed at unearthing the right mix for the hybrid and online student population across the stages of the student lifecycle from inquiry to initial enrollment through graduation and beyond.