[BITS] Improving Student Engagement and Retention Through the Community of Inquiry

Created by debbora.woods on Jun 29, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Register here: https://webinars.on24.com/Blackboard/2018HEBITS

Starts at 1:00 PM · Ends at 2:00 PM, EDT (America/New_York)


Student engagement and retention continues to be central as a success measure in higher education. The Community of Inquiry (COI) Framework provides an opportunity to focus on learning as a result of interaction of social, cognitive, and teaching presence. Through purposeful instructional design, the students' educational experience can lead to higher satisfaction and better learning through active engagement and the application of COI.


In this session, the presenters will:


  • Define COI
  • Identify the application of COI in student engagement
  • Share tips for leveraging COI to improve student retention
  • Demonstrate the integration of COI principles in Blackboard Learn
  • Highligh examples of COI in Grand Valley State University courses



Eric Kunnen

Eric Kunnen has a passion for, works to lead, support, and coordinate, effective uses of technology in teaching and learning.


He is an Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan. His primary role focuses on collaborating and supporting distance learning initiatives at the university while exploring future trends in emerging technologies in teaching and learning. He also collaborates to research and support academic technologies used in the classroom and in eLearning.


Previously, Eric was the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at GVSU and a Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Eric has a background in teaching Computer Science and Biology at the secondary level and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology.




Glenna Decker

Glenna began working in educational technology in 1997 and as an instructional designer in 1999, joining GVSU in 2001. She has well over 10 years of graduate teaching experience in online, hybrid, and traditional in-seat delivery formats. Her numerous course preps at GVSU have ranged from Educational Technology to Early Childhood Administration, and for the last several years her focus is in Adult and Higher Education. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Western Michigan University in Higher Education Leadership with research interests in faculty development.



Register here: https://webinars.on24.com/Blackboard/2018HEBITS