Baldwin-Wallace College Increases Student Retention with Help of Learning Objects’ Social Media Applications

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Learning Objects and Baldwin-Wallace College Win Learning Impact Award for Collaboration

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The process of developing an eportfolio helps students conceptualize their college experiences, rewarding them with a sense of
accomplishment as they collect and reflect on achievements and successes.
-- John DiGennaro, Baldwin-Wallace College

Learning Objects, Inc. in collaboration with Baldwin-Wallace College has won a 2011 IMS GLC Learning Impact Award. The IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) awarded Learning Objects’ Campus Pack in conjunction with Baldwin-Wallace College based on their innovative use of this social media application at the college. The results of this collaborative effort produced a 15% improvement in retention rates for College 101 students, and greater numbers of College 101 students earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Baldwin-Wallace College uses Campus Pack for a freshman orientation course, where students are tasked with keeping a B-W Action Plan. Campus Pack provides every user a portfolio enabling students, instructors, and staff to share their work and co-curricular interests with classmates and colleagues, both inside and outside the campus community. Beyond that, students use these social media tools to create wikis, blogs, journals, and podcasts to develop scholarly research, publish interactive academic presentations, and showcase personal interests and achievements.

Baldwin-Wallace’s Manager of Educational Technology Services John DiGennaro explains, “As we progress with our use of Campus Pack, we envision each student having a living record of their successes throughout their college years. It’s an ideal tool to support students through college admissions, courses, co-curricular activities, experiential learning, and career development."

In the end, implementation of the B-W Action Plans correlated to improvements in learning outcomes and student success rates. Of students participating in the College 101 course, Baldwin-Wallace saw retention rates improve 15%, and over 100 additional students have been retained during the successful 5 year period. By encouraging students to collect thoughts, goals, questions, ideas, to-dos and outcomes related to academic and co-curricular achievements, the B-W Action Plans empower students to better manage their own learning.

Baldwin-Wallace alumni, having seen the value of the Action Plan, are putting that experience to good use. Over 200 alumni have volunteered to serve as career mentors to students in the College 101 courses, bringing full circle the life-long learning process. The Action Plan created the structure to their holistic educational experience and now they are sharing that discovery, personal growth and success with other Baldwin-Wallace students who will follow in their footsteps.

The Learning Impact Awards program is facilitated by the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) for the purpose of recognizing outstanding applications of technology that address the most significant challenges facing the global education and learning industries.

Learning Objects was chosen as a finalist earlier this spring. Learning Objects and representatives from Baldwin-Wallace College attended the Learning Impact Conference in Long Beach, California, where they showcased the entry for judging. At the end of the conference, the team was named the winner of the Silver Learning Impact Award. A copy of the presentation slides can be found here.

About Learning Objects, Inc.
Learning Objects’ is the leading community for the design and use of social applications for teaching, learning, and collaboration. Selected applications in the Campus Pack bundle include:

  • Social media assignments and activities
  • Portfolios
  • Personal Development Plans
  • Social Network and Academic Commons

To learn more, email info(at)learningobjects(dot)com.

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