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Getting Students ‘Back on Track’ – Interactive Online Modules for CAS Academic Advising

Updated on 1/18/19

Summary

FAS Ed Tech assisted CAS Advising in developing interactive modules for an online course of study to help students on academic probation improve academic performance. Students complete modules prior to meetings with advisors, building skills and knowledge in four key areas: goals and goal setting, time management, learning strategies, and aligning interests, careers and majors.

Goals

  • Develop original static presentations into enhanced interactive online versions
  • Enable learners to individualize learning activities with personalized content:
    • Goals and Goal Setting Module: learners able to repeatedly develop and refine initial goals after reviewing each module content segment
    • Time Management Module: learners can input a week’s list of activities and practice prioritizing them using a drag and drop interaction
    • Interests, Careers, and Majors Module: extensive branching functionality enables learners to match programs of study that align with their interests
  • Track learner progress and input for follow up meetings with adviser

Outcomes

CAS Advising has been offering the Back on Track modules to over 50 academic probationary students per semester since Spring 2017.  Students complete reflective assignments, connecting module content and activities to their personal experience. Learners are able to consider many factors affecting their academic performance as well as strategies for improvement in advance of meeting with their advisors.  Early data is demonstrating both a decrease in course withdrawals and an increase in GPA for these learners.

The FAS Office of Ed Tech is currently working with CAS Advising to revise the modules with updated content, and accessibility and data-reporting enhancements.  The future goal is to develop versions of the content for the broader NYU community.

Technology Resources

  • Adobe Captivate
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Articulate Storyline
  • NYU Classes
  • SCORM Cloud

Example Module: Interests, Careers, and Majors

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