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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

White Paper Asserts Engaging Students with Technology is Imperative to Improving Student Retention

Check out this new white paper authored by President of WebStudy Gisele Larose.
The paper, “Student Retention at Community Colleges: Engaging a New Generation with Technology is Key to America’s Future,” asserts that student retention rates will play a key role in the future of our nation as we confront the challenges of globalization.

Gisele provides a solution for community colleges looking to improve upon student engagement—and student retention rates—by weaving teaching and learning best practices with course management system (CMS) technology.
Many experts propose, and Larose agrees, that “blended learning” —blending teaching and learning best practices with CMS technology in an interactively meaningful learning environment—will shift student engagement in a powerful way and make learning more independent, useful and sustainable. But the right CMS technology is a crucial part of the equation.
“To help educators understand how to leverage technology to engage students, colleges should look for CMS vendors that understand the complex needs of higher education institutions in today’s global economy, those that are focused on learning first, organizational growth second,” Larose says. “To be truly effective, CMS must be designed with pedagogy in mind. Then it can meet the needs of community colleges with features and functionality based on a solid understanding of how students, faculty and administrators operate.”

About WebStudy, Inc.

WebStudy is a software as a service (SaaS) provider that develops ‘Learning’ course management systems (CMS) designed to enrich the learning process. Founded in 1997 by a professor/student collaboration, WebStudy’s in-class and online learning solutions ease technology adoption for educators, aid administrators in launching quality learning programs and demonstrate to accrediting bodies that an institution is committed to producing well-prepared students. As the only SaaS provider in the industry, WebStudy frees institutions from extended hardware implementations and its hidden costs, high failure rates, unacceptable risks, and protracted software implementation.

Related link
Student Retention at Community Colleges: Engaging a New Generation with Technology is Key to America’s Future (PDF)

Source: PRWeb