Does Interactive Technology Increase Student Persistence?

Session Description
Educators have included interactive technologies in many of their courses in an effort to increase student persistence. However, there was no empirical evidence on whether the use of interactive technology in online courses could have any influence on student persistence and student engagement. Findings from some studies show that an increase in Interactive Technology use could negatively affect student engagement and student persistence. The findings suggest the possibility that too much interactive technology in online classrooms could decease student engagement, student satisfaction, and student persistence. Other findings suggest that Interactive Technology such as Web 2.0 and Web 3. 0 tools have increased engagement and student satisfaction. The interactive session would engage the audience and allow participants to debate the pros and cons of Interactive Technology in regards to student engagement and student persistence.
Carol Edwards
Carol Edwards, Kaplan University, Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA
Dr. Carol Edwards is a professor at the Purdue University Global (formerly Kaplan). She is a course lead, faculty mentor, Cael certified portfolio evaluator, published author, and faculty advisor. In her spare time she leads a non-profit organization. Her research interests lie in student persistence, student engagement, and eLearning.
Linda Collins
Linda Collins, Northcentral University, Phoenix, AZ, USA
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