Teaching Reading, Writing, and Research Skills in an Open Enrollment Environment

Session Description
The online classroom has become the place of opportunity for many who never planned on getting a college degree. The problem being encountered is that many of these students have forgotten or never understood academic basics that are expected in a college classroom, basics such as reading, writing, and research skills, as well as navigating the digital landscape of the online classroom itself. Because of open enrollment, skill levels are not assessed prior to placement, leaving some students lost and bewildered. These students would have a better chance at success if instructors designed courses that built upon the fundamentals. This presentation will discuss how to design courses that build skills for less academically attuned learners. Tips will be provided, as well as sought from the audience.
Fran Gregg
Fran Gregg, Kaplan University, Online, USA
Fran Gregg is an online Composition instructor at Purdue University Global. She has presented at NADE, the Sloan International Conference for Online Learning, TCC International, EdMedia, and other conferences and seminars, and has co-authored multiple papers that are published in multiple venues, such as the Institute of Social-Pedagogical Technologies and Resources in Russia. She has a Master of Liberal Studies with a Concentration in English degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas and a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y.
Galia Fussell
Galia Fussell, Kaplan University, Online, USA
Galia Fussell has Ph. D. in Linguistics, M.A. in English, M.A. in German, and M.A. in Russian. She also graduated from Kaplan University with M.S. in Criminal Justice and Graduate Certificate in Online College Teaching. She is completing her studies to obtain Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate. Fussell served as the Chair of State Graduate Examination Board at two universities, a member of Post-Graduate Examination Board, and an official opponent at two dissertation committees in the Russian Federation. She was also Chair of English Department, Chair of Theory and Practice Department, and Vice Chancellor for International Relations between Russian universities and the Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
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