Presentations and podcasts by Ormond Simpson

For most of these presentations you can choose either a podcast or pdf with notes.

New presentation given 28th September 2016 at the Empower Project of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) 'STUDENT DROPOUTS IN DISTANCE EDUCATION - HOW MANY, WHO, WHEN,WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THEM, WHY THEY DROPOUT AND HOW DO WE REDUCE DROPOUT?'.
Dropout in open and distance education tends to be higher - sometimes much higher - than in conventional education. This webinar tries to understand the issue by looking at the scale of the problem - how many students drop out and who drops out and when. It examines the serious consequences - social and financial - for students, institutions and society as a whole. It argues that overcoming the problem involves recognising that funding appropriate student support is not simply a cost but can have a positive financial return for institutions through increased retention. The webinar suggests some ideas for discussion about what that appropriate support might comprise.
Podcast www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLIlOURPCec&feature=youtu.be

NEW PODCAST - 'WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT MOTIVATING DISTANCE STUDENTS TO LEARN?'
This presentation was given at Arden University in May 2016. It surveys the work of some of the most important learning motivation theorists such as Keller Dweck, Sweller and Hattie and how their theories might be applied to keeping distance students' learning motivation switched on.
Podcast www.authorstream.com/Presentation/ormondsimpson-2855289-know-motivating-distance-students-learn/

'THE STRANGE CASE OF FACE TO FACE TEACHING IN DISTANCE EDUCATION'
Why does face to face teaching survive in so many distance education institutions - even in places like South Korea which has 95% access to high speed broadband internet?
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'WHY WE NEED A THEORY OF STUDENT RETENTION IN DISTANCE EDUCATION'
A 7 minute presentation on why there is a 'category error' in distance education and why we need a better theory.
Podcast www.authorstream.com/Presentation/ormondsimpson-2113204-theory-student-retention-distance-education/

1. 'DROPOUT - WHY WORRY?'
Student dropout from conventional and distance education is a serious problem with substantial financial and health consequences for students and society as a whole. This presentation tries to put a figure on these consequences and argues that not nearly enough attention is being paid to them.
Podcast www.authorstream.com/Presentation/ormondsimpson-401933-dropout-why-worry-narrated-education-ppt-powerpoint/
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2. 'A NEW THEORY OF DISTANCE LEARNER SUPPORT'
This article argues that distance education needs a new theory of student support based on theories of learning motivation.
Podcast www.authorstream.com/Presentation/ormondsimpson-405222-theory-distance-student-support-motivation-retention-learning-support2-narrated-education-ppt-powerpoint/
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3. 'A FORMULA FOR RETENTION'
This presentation suggests that in order to effectively increase student retention it's necessary to focus on a few particularly effective activities. These activities are summarised in the formula Retention = AC + EId + (E + C).PaC + ExS AC = Appropriate Course Choice, EId = Early Identification of vulnerable students (E + C) = (Early and Continuous) PaC = Proactive Contact ExS = External Support. The presentation gives examples of all of the components of the formula.
Podcast www.authorstream.com/Presentation/ormondsimpson-403840-formula-retetion-student-retention-dropout-attrition-persistence-formula2-narrated-education-ppt-powerpoint/
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4. 'DISTANCE COURSE DESIGN FOR RETENTION'
This presentation looks at various ways in which distance courses can be redesigned for increased student retention.
podcast www.authorstream.com/Presentation/ormondsimpson-405930-distance-course-design-retention-student-dropout-narrated-education-ppt-powerpoint/
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5. ‘E-LEARNING: EDUCATIONAL SOLUTION OR TECHNOLOGICAL TAPEWORM’. Examines the advantages and disadvantages of e-learning and tries to distinguish between the hype and what might be of real value in enhancing student success.
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6. ‘ASSESSMENT IN TUTORING: ENHANCING STUDENT SUCCESS’. This presentation examines different kinds of assessment and how it can be designed to be motivational and enhance student success.
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