ELI Web Seminar, May 3, 2010 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT); runs one hour

Making Connections: Using Technology to Increase Student Engagement and Success

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Karla FisherKarla Fisher
College Relations Coordinator
Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)

As CCCSE college relations coordinator, Karla Fisher works with community college leaders, faculty, and staff to help institutions collect, understand, and use survey data to improve student experiences and outcomes; she is also responsible for the center’s communications and publications. Previously, Fisher served as director of institutional marketing for Salt Lake Community College. In this role, she directed all aspects of the college’s marketing and communication activities, including internal and external website development. She has taught college courses since 1996, including seven years in online learning environments. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin’s Community College Leadership Program. Her research focuses on student engagement and retention in online education.

Paul ArcarioPaul Arcario
Dean for Academic Affairs
LaGuardia Community College (CUNY System, New York)

As dean for academic affairs at LaGuardia Community College, Arcario has overseen the development of a range of programs designed to foster student success such as developmental learning communities, precollege intensive courses, common reading for freshmen, a new career development course, co-curricular activities linked closely to students’ majors, and technology-based instruction, including student electronic portfolios. His work has helped LaGuardia gain national recognition, including the 2007 Bellwether Award for Instructional Innovation, the 2006 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award, the 2004 Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence in Undergraduate Education, and the 2002 Institution of Excellence Award from the Policy Center for the First Year of College. Arcario was named an “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate” by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition in 2007 and was selected to serve as a CCCSE associate with the Center for Community College Student Engagement.


Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, will moderate this web seminar with Karla Fisher and Paul Arcario.

Fostering student engagement through technology requires institutions to meet students where they are—literally, figuratively, and virtually—and help them get to where they need to be. In this seminar, we will explore what it takes for a college to build a “culture of connection” in which students are engaged across multiple dimensions. We will share findings from the 2009 CCSSE national report, Making Connections: Dimensions of Student Engagement, including new primary research on the use of Web 2.0 social networking tools at more than 300 colleges nationwide. We will also discuss exciting technology implementations at LaGuardia Community College like student e-portfolios and online vertical learning communities that are increasing student engagement in class, on campus, and beyond.

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