The Purpose of the Online Learning Navigator Program
Developed to support students when we transitioned to online and remote learning, the navigator program is designed with the following goals:
Promote academic success through personalized service in an online environment
Help students stay enrolled and engaged with online learning
Help retain students after their online learning experience
The target courses were Developmental Education and gateway courses, which are courses required to attain certain degrees. Several courses from different disciplines for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 semester will have a navigator integrated to provide additional support to students.
During the initial pilot program, the navigator was embedded into two developmental math courses (Summer 2020).
The navigator assisted with third-party materials for the courses, answered technology questions, and helped students with non-content related questions.
The pilot was extended for Fall 2020 and focused on 11 courses from math, english, and college success topics.
There were two navigators assisting these courses.
For Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021, we are expanding the pilot to other academic areas of the college.
Key Roles in the Online Learning Navigator Program
A primary point-of-contact and resource for navigators and instructors interested in navigators
Online Learning Navigator
A special-assignment role is filled by adjunct instructors with no teaching assignments and/or employees with special skills in select areas. Academic Support Coaches also serve as navigators.
The instructor for the course that houses a navigator. This program is designed to help with retention in a course, along with giving students the tools and resources needed to be successful in that course. In this collaborative role,
Involvement is critical to champion this expanded pilot
Building an academic relationship with the navigator is important