Have some of your online students disappeared?
Why did they go … and more importantly … how do you get them back again?
The truth is, many students who have bailed on the course will probably NOT return and finish it.
Students feel overwhelmed when they’ve fallen behind. I’m never going to pass now, so why bother. They can also be afraid that they will be “in trouble” and are avoiding contact with the teacher.
What can we do to get them back online and motivated to finish the course again?
Here are 5 ideas to re-engage absent learners and keep them on track.
1. Study the Data
Many courses have hidden stumbling blocks. Lessons that are too long. Assignments that don’t make sense. A boring or intimidating first unit.
I call these learning sinkholes.
Less resilient students can’t navigate through them and suddenly your attendance in the course starts to drop. During the course you can track student progress using Google Apps.
The end of a course is the perfect time to reflect on the “learning flow” that just went on in your course. Where did students begin to disappear?
Time to study the data. Here is a Moodle block I just discovered called “Heat Map“. It looks at the assignments and other objects in your course and color codes them for how “active” they are. You can see which of your assignments are “hot” or “cold”.
It works like this: