Turning Theory into Practice in Online Classrooms to Maintain Student Retention, Success, and Satisfaction
Online student retention, success, and satisfaction can be directly correlated to peer/faculty interconnectedness and a clear understanding role expectation, especially the role of student-centered learner. Faculty consider the best strategies to use in online classrooms to engage student interconnectedness and share the meaning of student-centered learner. In the beginning of the online course, engaging student to student, student to faculty, and faculty to student communication is vital to a successful teaching/learning environment. It is also necessary for students to understand their role in student-centered learning. To understand the dynamic roles of educator and student, it is important for educators to review educational theories used in the classroom and for students to grasp the theory. The educational theories and techniques can then be correlated with best practice. When educational theories are explained to students they may embrace their crucial role in learning more effectively. Integration of adult learning theory and concept-based learning enhance the student’s role in the learning process. Educational theories including Social Cognitive Theory, Social Constructivist Theory, Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development and Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve will also be reviewed.
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