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California State Polytechnic University – Pomona

1. Edward, Coronado III. How to learn: An academic skills eLearning module for college students.

Degree: MA, Department of Education, 2019, California State Polytechnic University – Pomona

Modern college students lack the foundational academic skills necessary to succeed in college-level coursework (Bettinger, Boatman, & Long, 2013; McGuire & McGuire, 2015; NSSE, 2016; Raab & Adam, 2005). Increasingly, colleges and universities are focused on student success outcomes and are developing supports and interventions aimed at helping students graduate (Bettinger, Boatman, & Long, 2013; California State University, 2018b); however, there appears to be a disconnect between the types of academic skills services that are developed and the types of services students utilize (Cook, Kennedy, & McGuire, 2013; Kuo, Hagie, & Miller, 2004). In order to fill an identified gap in the literature, this project details the creation of an academic skills eLearning module to encourage the formation of positive academic habits among college students enrolled at a large, public university. The term ???academic skills??? is typically used to encompass three constructs: 1. Study skills (students??? knowledge of appropriate strategies and methods), 2. Habits (how often a student studies and under what conditions), and 3. Attitudes (perception of students toward studying and college in general) (Cred?? and Kuncel, 2008). The research strongly supports the positive correlation between academic skills and college grade point average (Proctor, Prevatt, Adams, Reaser, & Petscher, 2006; Robbins et al, 2004; Tuckman, 2003), academic self-efficacy (Bandura, 1977; Komarraju & Nadler, 2013; Reed, Kennett, Lewis, & Lund-Lucas, 2011; Rodriguez & Armellini, 2017), and persistence (Cone, 1991; Pancer, Pratt, Hunsberger, & Alisat, 2004; Robbins et al, 2004). Unfortunately, most students never receive formal academic skills instruction (Fisher & Frey, 2017) and incorrectly assume that the techniques and strategies they used to complete high school will continue to work in the more rigorous college environment (McGuire & McGuire, 2015). This project utilized the ADDIE Model of Instructional Design (Kurt, 2017) to create an interactive module focused on note-taking, academic reading, and classroom engagement. The analysis phase consisted of a review of the literature and identification of the target audience as well as need and technology analyses. The design phase outlined the appropriate instructional techniques and presentation mediums for meeting the identified objectives and goals. In the development phase, the various multimedia elements were created and the final module was assembled, according to sounds instructional design principles. The implementation phase consisted of comprehensive testing for device and browser compatibility as well as user experience modifications. In the final evaluation phase, the module was distributed to participants who were assessed based on Kirkpatrick???s Learning Evaluation Model at levels 1 and 3, reaction and behavior (2005). The study was distributed to approximately 100 students and consisted of a pre-survey, the eLearning module, and a post-survey, completed approximately one week… Advisors/Committee Members: Lotfipour, Shahnaz (advisor), McDonald, Tracy (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: academic skills

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APA (6th Edition):

Edward, C. I. (2019). How to learn: An academic skills eLearning module for college students. (Masters Thesis). California State Polytechnic University – Pomona. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/212063

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Edward, Coronado III. “How to learn: An academic skills eLearning module for college students.” 2019. Masters Thesis, California State Polytechnic University – Pomona. Accessed August 24, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/212063.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Edward, Coronado III. “How to learn: An academic skills eLearning module for college students.” 2019. Web. 24 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Edward CI. How to learn: An academic skills eLearning module for college students. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. California State Polytechnic University – Pomona; 2019. [cited 2019 Aug 24]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/212063.

Council of Science Editors:

Edward CI. How to learn: An academic skills eLearning module for college students. [Masters Thesis]. California State Polytechnic University – Pomona; 2019. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/212063

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