Peter Shea

Peter Shea: Enrollment & Completion

Presenter: Peter Shea is a member of the faculty of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice and the College of Computing and Information at the SUNY University at Albany.

Day 1 Presentation

Online Course Enrollment and Degree Completion: The Tipping Point
Recent research indicates that certain students are at risk of lower levels of academic performance in online setting when compared to peers who study only in the classroom.  Community college students have been a population of particular concern.  In this presentation we present a study in which we hypothesize that online course load and institutional quality may impact outcomes for students at risk for lower levels of degree attainment.  Using comprehensive data from the 30 community colleges (n=45,557) of the State University of New York, we examine whether there is a “tipping point” at which online course load becomes problematic for community college learners seeking to attain a degree through a mix of online and face-to-face coursework. We also present findings indicating that certain institutions excel at supporting online learner success among more at-risk populations who choose online study.

Tanya Joosten

Tanya Joosten: Findings into Practice

Presenter: Tanya Joosten is the director of eLearning Research and Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).

Day 2 Presentation

Turning Findings into Practice: Results of Cross-Institutional Online Learning Research
The National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA Research Center, has dedicated three years to designing research models and conducting rigorous research across several higher education institutions (2-year and 4-year) with the purpose being to help identify effective instructional and institutional practices in online courses and programs based on the DETA Research Toolkit developed in 2015.

In this presentation, key quantitative and qualitative findings generated from three cross-institutional research studies about online learning and student success will be shared, research designs used in these studies will be briefly illustrated, and future DETA research collaborations will be contemplated.