Get Them Engaged: Relationships are Essential to Effective E-learning, says Capella University’s Dr. Barron

May 8, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, May 8, 2006 — There is no room for mediocrity in online education, Jamie D. Barron, Ed.D., told attendees of the American Society for Training & Development 2006 International Conference. “If students aren't getting the instruction, tools and in-depth feedback critical for success in the business world, they will leave. In online education, the competition is just a click away.”

Forming relationships is at the heart of effectively engaging students and fostering meaningful feedback, said Dr. Barron, faculty chair for training and performance improvement in the School of Education at Capella University, an accredited* online university. Relationships among online students and faculty typically reach deeper than those formed in traditional classroom settings. And faculty—called “facilitators” at Capella to more accurately reflect their role in the learning process at the online university—must demonstrate a great commitment to successful student outcomes and must be far more accessible in the 24/7 world of online education, she said.

Dr. Barron has 20 years of experience in workforce development and adult education. She is a member of the Workforce Improvement Network and the Action Research Network. Dr. Barron received the 2004 Adult Practitioner of Excellence award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, among other awards.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services and psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Science online degree program with 12 specializations in business and information technology. The online university currently serves more than 15,700 enrolled learners from all 50 states and 63 countries. Capella is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552)

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org

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