Online Learning Update

April 21, 2016

Redefining Student Success in a Digital Ecosystem

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Retention and graduation rates may be good indicators of a college or university’s success, but they have little to do with students’ personal development as connected learners and contributors to the digital commons. What does student success mean in a digital ecosystem? The most prevalent measures involve retention and graduation rates — students pass their classes, move through the curriculum and ideally graduate in four years — but those “institutional outputs” are the lowest-common-denominator definition, according to Gardner Campbell, vice provost for learning innovation and student success, dean of University College and associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Campbell took part in a recent Future Trends Forum video chat to share his thoughts about how higher education might rethink ideas of student success in a digital age.

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