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Academic Coaching to Support Blended & On-Line Learning

Maureen Breeze (LifeBound, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 8:30am
Faculty Development & Student Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop
Governor's Square 16
Session Duration: 
90 Minutes
Workshop Session 1

In this session participants learn how academic coaching promotes student accountability, motivation, and follow-through, and leave with hands-on strategies that support on-line and blended learning.

Extended Abstract

The role of instruction has changed with on-line learning and blended classroom models. With these models, educators must now create learning environments where students receive content from a variety of sources, requiring instructors be both masters of content and skilled facilitators promoting students' persistence, follow-through and initiative.

Research shows that academic coaching skills help instructors meet these challenges, and students who receive coaching are more likely to remain in school and graduate (Bettinger, 2011).

Specifically, academic coaching gives on-line and blended classroom educators the tools to:

  • • Hold students accountable for attendance and assignments.
  • • Develop students' problem-solving skills.
  • • Assist students in assessing where and why they struggle.
  • • Help students develop discipline for finishing the semester strong.
  • • Encourage students to identify resources for support.
  • • Call students forth to be and do their best.

This interactive session will give participants a chance both to witness and practice the coaching skills of asking powerful questions, listening, and securing commitments that build essential connections with blended and on-line students. Role modeling will be done to demonstrate coaching around specific situations the participants regularly encounter. In this process, they will see methods for challenging and championing students to succeed in on-line and blending learning environments. Participants will then practice the coaching skills in collaborative learning formats.

Participants will leave this session with:

  • • Strategies to develop impactful relationships with students.
  • • Abilities to ask powerful coaching questions.
  • • Skills to get commitments from students and hold them accountable.
  • • Methods to develop self-awareness and initiative.
  • • Research confirming the impact academic coaching has on student success.
Lead Presenter
Maureen Breeze

Maureen Breeze (LifeBound, USA)

Maureen Breeze trains and certifies college faculty and administrators, K12 educators, tutors, advisors and parents in academic coaching skills. She’s been a featured speaker at many international and national conferences on the topics of academic coaching, leadership, and critical and creative thinking including the ECIS Conference in Hamburg, Germany, the Tri-Association Conference in Monterrey, Mexico, the National Association of Developmental Educators in Washington D.C., Florida, and Denver, and the Schools of the Future Conference in Honolulu, HI. She also regularly conducts webinars on academic coaching for NROC, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, and other organizations.

Ms. Breeze co-authored Critical and Creative Thinking for Teenagers and Leadership for Teenagers, and developed curricula for a series of student success books. She is an artist-in-residence at Denver School of the Arts, and has been a math tutor and coach for over ten years. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Claremont McKenna College with a major in International Economics and minor in Mathematics.