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The Online Student’s User Manual: Everything You Need To Know To Be A Successful Online College Student

If you are considering enrolling in an online university, there are plenty of books that will help you decide on the right school or find the money you need to finance your higher education. But if you want answers to all your other questions too, The Online Student User’s Manual takes you where no other manual has gone before-deeply into the online learning experience. Not sure if you have enough computer skills or know how to navigate in cyberspace? Intimidated by all the new terminology? The Online Student User’s Manual will allay your fears and frustrations, as it provides you with information that will make you able to successfully traverse the online halls of learning. Author Diane Hamilton, Ph.D., who teaches bachelor-, master-, and doctoral-level courses for six online universities, has taken her years of experience with first-time students to create a user-friendly manual filled with enough how to’s and valuable advice to make you a truly successful student.

Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-Based Strategies That Work

Finally, the first research-based book of sound strategies and best practices to help instructors motivate students to complete their online courses.

Although studies support the effectiveness of learning online, students often fail to complete online courses. Some studies have found that as many as 50–70% drop out of their online courses or programs. Retention is not only a growing expectation and imperative, but it is also as opportunity for faculty members to take the lead in innovating, researching, and implementing new strategies while demonstrating their effectiveness.

Designed for instructors and instructional designers, Motivating and Retaining Online Students is filled with empirical research from the authors’ study of motivation and retention strategies that can reduce online learner dropout. Focusing on the most important issues instructors face, such as course design; student engagement and motivation; and institutional, instructional, and i