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Completion Conference

What: Second Annual OCCDLA-sponsored Distance Learning Completion Conference

Where: Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon, Center for Meeting and Learning, Rooms 102-3: Campus Map; Building Floor Map; Parking is free on campus and Lot D is closest to the venue.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2020

Who: Faculty who have taught or are interested in teaching online courses; staff and administrators who support and encourage this work; any community college employee with interest in improving online completion rates

How much?: Free to first 100 registered community college faculty and staff, with light breakfast and lunch included.

The Conference:


Online course completion rates are consistently lower for community college students than they are for in-person courses. In 2017, Steve Smith, the chair of the Completion Workgroup for OCCDLA, began a project to investigate what practices in Oregon were leading to improved student completion. Data was collected on courses from around the state that had the same or higher rates of completion than similar in-person courses. From this information and with the cooperation of distance learning administrators at OCCDLA member colleges, faculty members were identified and then interviewed about their practices.

In fall 2018, the first DL Completion Conference was held, bringing together faculty, staff, and administrators from around the state to discuss the findings from these interviews. A report, which included detailed feedback from attendees, was then sent to the state and all member colleges, distilling the findings and discussion from the day into areas for further exploration and professional development. 

2019-2021 Conference Plans

Building from the enthusiastic participation and feedback from the first conference, two more one-day conferences, and a summer academy have been planned and funded through the HECC and OCCDLA. 

An agenda is available for the April one-day conference. Faculty who attend will be engaged in conversations around specific best practices for online course design and delivery, drawn from findings in the first project and in subsequent research. Many participants from the last conference reported making immediate changes to their course practices and seeing improvements in student engagement.

To register, please complete this form before March 1. Individual campuses may provide travel funding as part of this grant; please contact your OCCDLA representative for more information.