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Improving Student Outcomes: Using Causal Analysis To Determine Which Interventions Actually Work

Date: November 4 ~ 3:00-4:30pm (Eastern) Type: online webinar Info: With the proliferation of interventions in all levels of education, it is imperative to know which interventions actually work to improve student outcomes. As such, it is also important for administrators and instructors alike to know the fundamental concepts of causal analysis, or studies that help determine whether an intervention is actually causing outcomes to improve over time. This webinar will introduce participants to the basic concepts of experimental design, with a focus on randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental methods, such as difference-in-differences and regression discontinuity designs. We will also discuss the concept of matched comparison designs using propensity scores. This webinar is an introduction to the fundamentals of causal analysis and is appropriate for anyone interested in knowing more about cause and effect. Participants will leave the webinar with an understandin

Webinar: From Silver Bullets to Embedded Assessments: Focusing on What Counts in a Distracted Educational World

Date: September 25 th , 2014 at 2-3:00 PM Eastern Virginia Tech Website: Education, writ large, has a tendency to look for and accept "silver bullets," uber-easy and uber-effective solutions to complex and complicated problems, without the necessary scrutiny. Unfortunately, this silver bullet search has taken our collective eyes off of more solid approaches to assessment in education. This webinar will move the conversation from silver bullets to embedded assessments in the teaching and learning process, resulting in "assessment for free." The concept of "assessment for free" results from situations where the focus is on creating learning environments/activities/experiences that naturally yield an artifact - presentation, product, paper, processing, performance - that can then be used to assess student learning and development. There is plenty of rhetoric and noise in

The Webinar: Era Of Big Data: Tracking Students To Completion Using Longitudinal Data

Tuesday, June 17, 3:00-4:30 (Eastern) online webinar Info: In all levels of education, the emphasis on using data to help improve student outcomes has never been greater. Institutions are collecting information on student characteristics, academic readiness, and eventual outcomes. As concentration increases, it is incredibly powerful to take a close look at tracking students through completion with longitudinal data. Using community colleges as a framework, this webinar will help participants think about their longitudinal student-level and course-level data, as well as applications of the data in their work. We will begin with the fundamentals of longitudinal data and discover how researchers ask questions on data availability and evaluations of interventions. We will then use a sample dataset that records course-taking behavior over a number of years, and use commands in Stata (a general purpose statistical software package) to run descriptive statistics and create new variables us

Webinar: Recruiting And Retaining International Students: Designing Support Services To Meet Their Needs

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 3:00-4:30 (Eastern) Type: Online webinar Post-secondary institutions facing enrollment shortages often recruit international, English Language Learners (ELL) and English as A Second Language (ESL) students to bolster their rolls. Yet do these organizations really understand the needs, desires, and nuances affecting international student programs? Some post-secondary institutions neglect to do their research on developing quality education and services for these specialized populations resulting in attrition, the very problem that attracting these students is intended to solve. Often, this attrition results from a lack of planning, poor status of the program, insufficient understanding of the student population, and/or inadequate support services. This webinar will question participants' assumptions about international students and English Language Learners (ELLs) and explain commonalities and differences among students in these populations. The

Webinar: Persistence Vs. Retention: Legislation And The Changing Paradigm Of Student Success

Wednesday, May 7, 2014   1:00-2:30 EDT Venue: online webinar Overview:   Improving the retention and success rates of undergraduate students continues to be a major topic of discussion for higher education administrators and other stakeholders. Retention refers to an institution's ability to retain students from one performance period to the next. Persistence is the student's ability to continue enrollment from one term to subsequent terms. While postsecondary institutions have emphasized retention, the push for greater accountability by tying student completion outcomes to eligibility for federal student aid programs (Partnerships for Affordability and Student Success Act, S. 1874), requires postsecondary institutions to focus on strategies to increase student persistence to degree completion. This interactive webinar will discuss the higher prioritization of persistence as a driver of student success to bolster retention. Participants will learn the importance of s