Tracy Topolnitsky - NorQuest College
Speaker bio:

Tracy Topolnitsky is the Program Chair for Academic Upgrading at NorQuest College where she has taught for the past 10 years. Tracy has extensive experience with adult upgrading students in face-to-face, synchronous and asynchronous delivery models. Tracy’s experience in engaging online learners, along with sharing expertise and best practices with faculty led her to win the NorQuest Jaye Fredrickson Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014. Tracy is currently finishing her Master of Education in Distance Education with the University of Athabasca.

Session information:


Supporting the Foundational Online Learner

Adult learners engaged in academic upgrading epitomize diversity with respects to academic skill, motivation, and ability. The needs of learners at the higher academic levels vary greatly from the needs of those at the lower levels. These varying abilities have enabled many institutions to successfully run online, high school level programing. The question remains however, can learners at lower academic levels succeed in online education? Learners with previously low academic achievement require specific support structures and interventions throughout their online learning experience. In this presentation I will share findings from NorQuest College’s applied research in supporting foundational level learners online along with current findings from students enrolled in NorQuest’s Foundations for Learning Program. These findings will demonstrate key structures that are necessary in order to support and retain successful online learners at the 7-9 levels.

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