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49 MORE Tricks for Retention & Success in Online Courses | Episode 22

by Kevin Patton

TAPP Radio Episode 22

49 MORE Tricks for Retention & Success in Online Courses

Quick Take

0:44 | Syllabuses? Syllabi?
4:02 | Continuing the conversation
8:10 | Featured: 49 MORE Tricks for Retention & Success in Online Courses
30:23 | Next episode is part 3 of 3

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1 | Weird Word: Syllabus

3 minutes

lettersWhich is correct: syllabuses or syllabi? The answer may surprise you! Nevertheless, now’s a good time to think about tweaking your course documents for the fall semester. I’ll cover that on a future episode, so I need you to send your contributions now!


2 | Introduction of Featured Topic

1 minute

It’s too long for one episode, so Kevin will cover the featured topic in three episodes: 21 (the previous episode), 22 (this episode), and 23 (the next episode).

If you’re not teaching online now, you will be someday! Most of these tips apply to face-to-face courses, anyway.

In  the previous episode, Kevin suggested:

  • It’s all about connections.
  • Cultivate a friendly, informal, and supportive “online teaching persona”
  • Express empathy, don’t just have empathy.
  • Use customer-service skills when communicating with students
  • Use our own pain points and frustrations to tap into how our students might feel


3 | 49 MORE Tricks for Retention & Success in Online Courses

22 minutes


Online courses are notorious for high dropout rates and high failure rates, compared to traditional face-to-face classes. Kevin continues to share a bunch (perhaps not exactly 49) strategies he has found to work in creating and nurturing the kinds of connections that help retain students and support their success in the course.

This episode focuses on adding faces to an online course (sort of like in a face-to-face course), plus how to use scheduled video, audio, and text announcements to stay connected with students.

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”
Patton’s Law (Gen. George S. Patton)


4 | Wait! There’s More!

1 minute

The next episode continues the conversation about improving engagement in online courses.

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Last updated: February 24, 2023 at 16:12 pm

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