In this video, Dr. Heather Farmakis and Dr. Melissa Kaulbach discuss proven effective strategies for retaining students in online programs. The presenters talk about the following strategies to retaining your online courses:

  1. Have a good first impression by having a solid introduction video, setting expectations and generally be present in the course by posting announcements, sending frequent emails and providing timely feedback to assignments.
  2. Provide constructive feedback with recommendations by using rubrics and example of exemplary assignments.
  3. Build community and provide opportunities for students to collaborate with each other.
  4. Identify and assist at risk students.

Further reading:

  1. A Dozen Strategies for Improving Online Student Retention