Helping Students Onboard: Welcoming and Engaging Practices for Student Retention in Online Courses

Session 4: 1:00–3:00 PM, Zoom Room 8


Once the course has started, regular follow-up and teacher-student interactions are critical to student motivation and involvement, as research shows a correlation between frequent interaction with instructors and student satisfaction with instruction (Astin, 1985; Chickering and Gamson, 1987). Instructors should establish a predictable routine (Fisher & Frey, 2020) and a time frame for when and how students can expect to receive communication from the instructor. Online activities need to replicate what happens in the physical classroom as closely as possible: community-building and planned interactions among students, abundant student practice, timely feedback, and reflection, and teacher and student interaction.


Katrina Tamura

MiraCosta College Continuing Ed

Chris Vela Che

MiraCosta College Continuing Ed

Kristi Reyes

MiraCosta College Continuing Ed

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (90 minute)



Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education
  • Career Technical Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • All

Category Strands

  • Distance Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Digital Equity and Access
  • Online Engagement and Assessment