Technology helps to foreground student success by improving student engagement.
It goes without saying that the vast majority of higher education institutions right now are facing tight budgets in a highly competitive landscape. They are looking for ways to either increase enrolment of a highly selective student body, or to resolve cost centers, for example, from student attrition. Dropouts and transfers can be costly when taking into account lost revenue from tuition and fees, book sales, housing and meals, and more. A learning management system provides two-fold value: it helps to improve a student’s learning experience, which in turn increases the desire to remain enrolled. Here’s how.
Academic progress can indicate student engagement
Missed assignments and faltering levels of interaction with instructors can be indicators that a student is at risk of dropping out. With a learning management system (LMS) in place, educators can maintain a close watch on each individual student’s level of engagement within the system. They can monitor the progress of work assignments, and reach out to students directly should there be a shift in the student’s academic behaviour.
LMS as a health check-up
Technology allows for better insight into interactions students have within the LMS, and identifies at-risk behaviour as soon as it manifests. Automated emails can be sent to students with reminders of upcoming deadlines. By reaching out to these students at pivotal moments in their academic experience, your higher ed institution can be proactive in addressing these issues before they worsen. By delivering a more hands-on experience, you show your students that you are attentive to their personal and academic needs.
Administrators can also monitor the quality of interaction done by faculty. They can ensure that instructor achievement (feedback, number of interactions) is meeting institutional objectives. By intervening early, not only can issues be resolved quickly, but there are also potential opportunities to celebrate achievement and share best practices, faculty-wide.
The result on the bottom line
Early intervention is key in being able to help university and college students who are drifting to the fringe. By simply showing students that their faculty members are attentive, involved and interested in their success, higher ed institutions can show they are making student success a priority. Despite the myriad of ways in which an LMS can show positive ROI by reducing workloads and streamlining processes, student success is really the most valuable outcome.
If you’d like to explore this topic in more depth, download the eBook At-Risk Students: How a Learning Management System Can Help to learn how this intuitive solution can enable your institution to provide the highest level of service to its student population.