Paring down course content for student retention: Opinion

November 12, 2020
Instructors should try to narrow the focus of their courses to enhance student retention, writes Terry McGlynn. The author explains how students in classes that cover broad topics tend to retain less than students in classes with a focused topic. McGlynn further adds that instructors of classes that cover a lot of material often find it difficult to teach in a way that promotes learning. “The more successful you are at paring down what you are going to teach, the more you can teach so that students can learn it deeply,” writes McGlynn. “Introducing students to a concept, but not taking the time to actually support their learning it, rarely does any of them a useful service.” The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)