In 2010, in an effort to improve course dropout rates, Odessa College sought out the common thread between their courses which had the greatest student retention. What they uncovered are four simple, yet effective practices that can increase your connection to your students and promote student success in your face-to-face or online classroom. They called their findings The 4 Connections.

This on-demand workshop will share Odessa’s fascinating story and give you the tools to bring the power of The 4 Connections to your classroom right away. It will also ask you to reflect on your own effective strategies for bringing students into a strong class community.

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