Rotating Student Photos to Sustain Community

Author Information
Judith Effken, Arizona Regents University
Institution(s) or Organization(s) Where EP Occurred: 
Arizona Regents University
Effective Practice Abstract/Summary
Abstract/Summary of Effective Practice: 

Rotating photos of students (with names) in program on home page are used to reinforce and sustain a sense of community.

Description of the Effective Practice
Description of the Effective Practice: 


Supporting Information for this Effective Practice
Evidence of Effectiveness: 

So far our evidence has been anecdotal only. Students tell us that when they see the picture, they say "Hi, Jane--or John, etc.". Sometimes their families ask who they are talking to! We survey students annually about the program, but haven't asked about that feature although we certainly could.

How does this practice relate to pillars?: 

student satisfaction: At the University of Arizona College of Nursing Online PhD Program, we take photos of students during their first orientation session; we then post the photos on the PhD Portal so that after students log in, they see a one of their peers (the pictures cycle so that a different picture is shown each time the student returns to the home page). It's a simple way of keeping faces together with names.

Estimate the probable costs associated with this practice: 

Minimal--requires someone with a digital camera and a web programmer to set up and maintain the initial rotating photo file.

Contact(s) for this Effective Practice
Effective Practice Contact: 
Judith Effken
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