Breakout Session

Supporting Students from the Inside out – Incorporating a Student Success Module into an Online Course

Track: Learning, Teaching and Library

Breakout Session IV
Thurs 4:40 pm – 5:40 pm

In order to address issues of student success and retention, two faculty developed a student success module. This module exposes students to the realities of online coursework, the characteristics of a successful online student, information about where to get help on campus, and exposes them to academic integrity in the online environment. The materials are built from best practices and scholarship on successful online study and designed using QM principles. Although developed by two instructors, the materials were made available to online faculty campus wide. Assessments are included to gauge the impact of the materials on student success and retention. Although the faculty developers use the materials comprehensively, they are available piecemeal so other faculty may adopt those portions relevant to their instruction. The project will be demonstrated and during this presentation attendees will view some of the materials from the student perspective.

Pattiann Kletz
Raritan Valley Community College

Melanie Morris
Professor of Business Law
Raritan Valley Community College

Bio / Expertise
Melanie Morris is a Professor of Business Law at Raritan Valley Community College. She also serves as the College’s Interim Director of Online Learning, as well as the statewide trainer for the Distance Educator Affinity Group’s Quality Matters Consortium.

Prior to her appointment at Raritan, she served as Chairperson of the Department of Business, Math and Computer Science at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. She is an attorney licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and holds the PHR designation.

She earned her B.A., State University of New York at Albany, her M.B.A. Temple University, and J.D. cum laude, at Temple University School of Law.