Educational Technology

July 23, 2020

Reimagining the “First-Year Experience” for Online, Adult Learners

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Laura Harris, Martina Hansen, Beth Mulherrin, Darragh McNally; EDUCAUSE Review

An initial evaluation of the course showed that it significantly improved first-year students’ likelihood of reenrolling at UMGC in the next term. Most importantly, we found that students who take the course are significantly more confident in their ability to complete their degrees, find resources, and overcome hurdles. The course also helps students feel more like they are part of the UMGC community. This blog post describes the journey UMGC took in developing the first-year experience course, the challenges we encountered, and the promising early results.

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