A new course-level tool exists in Blackboard that provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk, due to missing deadlines, lack of trackable activity, etc. Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement.
You can begin using the Retention Center features immediately—no setup required. The Retention Center replaces the Early Warning System feature with easy workflows, while retaining all existing Early Warning System data and rules.
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The Retention Center in Action
As the new term begins, get early insight into student performance. Check the overall academic health of your class in the main table and see who is struggling. With just a glance, find out who needs your help and drill in to see their specific areas of difficulty. Contact the most at-risk students immediately and flag those you want to monitor closely. As you observe their progress and send emails, you can also keep track of this correspondence and make notes about each student right in the Retention Center.
Tailor the default rules to suit your teaching methodologies:
- Change the threshold for due dates to be more lenient.
- Create two or three new rules to track specific items that are good indicators of risk.
- Create rules to let you know which students are in the top five percent of your class and reward their work. You can use this information to discover student mentors, assign group membership, or find teaching assistants.
Use your course activity information to prioritize which areas of your course to attend to first.
The earlier you can discover and remedy problems, the more successful students become. They are more likely to finish your course and continue the program through to graduation—the ultimate retention goal for an institution.
Access the Retention Center
The Retention Center is automatically on and immediately visible in your My Blackboard menu, and also accessible in the Evaluation section of a course’s Control Panel. The information in the Retention Center is for instructors only and is not seen by your students.
You can turn the Retention Center on or off in your course from the Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability. If you teach a course with another instructor, and turn off the Retention Center, you are turning it off for both of you.
You can stop or start tracking individual courses from My Blackboard. On the Retention Center page, click a course link in the left panel and use the tracking link in the right panel following the course name. Once disabled, warnings will no longer be refreshed, and Retention Center is hidden in the Evaluation section of the Control Panel in the course.
More to come on making Retention Center work for your needs. In the mean time, take a peak and let us know if you have any feedback – good or bad! If you would like to read more about how to make use of this too, click here.