Breakout Session V

Breakout Session V
Friday 820-915

The Adoption of Online Academic Support through Videoconferencing by STEM Students in Higher Education

This presentation discusses the impact of online academic support through videoconferencing on the academic outcomes of students in high-risk STEM courses, identifies factors that influenced student adoption of this innovation, and provides recommendations for higher education institutions implementing online programs using videoconferencing.

Findings revealed that there was no significant difference in proportions for retention or final grade, providing evidence that online academic support through videoconferencing was as effective as face-to-face academic support. Findings also revealed that a complex interaction of variables related to environment, innovation, and innovator influenced students’ adoption of this innovation.

Donna Potacco
William Paterson University

Donna Potacco is a director of the Science Enrichment Center (SEC) in the College of Science and Health at William Paterson University (WPUNJ) and has served as an adjunct professor in the disciplines of biology, kinesiology, and mathematics. She has an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University, M.S. in Biochemistry and B.S. in Chemistry from Rutgers University, and M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Previously, Potacco worked in two university research laboratories, then transitioned to a variety of management positions that included laboratory development and management for Johnson and Johnson and systems auditing for the corporate division of Avon Products. She has authored numerous scholarly publications and has presented at a variety of professional conferences in the areas of student support, management, science, and technology.