Student Success

Is this another “inconvenient truth?”

Perhaps the best way to dramatically improve the quality and effectiveness of learnING is to dramatically improve the quality of learnERS!

Wait, wait…  I’m not blaming learners or trying to shirk our responsibilities as professional educators.  I’m simply acknowledging a point made by our two thoughtful, articulate COIL guest speakers George Siemens and Dragan Gasevic… Read more »

COIL is proud to have supported the Adaptive Teaching Model: How Personality Variables (Self-Efficacy, Initiative, Control and Motivation) Affect Online Students’ Perceptions of Effective Online Teaching Behaviors project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


This research project is a continuation of a multi-phase project investigating effective online teaching (EOT). Previous phases resulted in identifying categories of… Read more »

COIL is proud to have supported the Understanding the Impact of Groups on Performance and Retention in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are potentially powerful online innovations attracting a massive, global population. However, MOOCs are also notorious for their massive attrition rates – up to… Read more »

WHEN: Friday, May 9, 2014 from 10:30am – 12:00pm ET
WHERE: 508 Rider Building and online via Adobe Connect (Link provided at registration)
REGISTRATION: Required – Call the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at 814-863-8721 or email

Presenters: Bart Pursel, Faculty Programs Coordinator, Teaching and Learning with Technology; Co-Director, Center for Online Innovation in Learning,… Read more »

COIL is proud to have supported the Learning Analytics: Leveraging Big Data to Improve Learner Success project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


During the past year our team of interdisciplinary researchers has explored the emerging field of learning analytics, with the goal of leveraging student data to develop systems that adapt to the specific needs of students (Long &… Read more »