Using digital communities to enhance student persistence and retention

Charles S. Layne, Rebecca E. Lee, Daniel P. O'Connor, Catherine L. Horn, Brian K. McFarlin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Scopus citations


Achieving student persistence and retention at the University of Houston has often been a challenge for the university. This chapter concerns using Second Life to develop a digital community of students from a single academic department to enhance student persistence toward graduation. It was postulated that the development of a digital community could strengthen the social cohesion of the students and thereby promote academic persistence. Students joined Second Life voluntarily or as part of their course requirements and then were invited to participate in various social and educational activities led by their classmates. The amount of time spent in Second Life was tracked and will be compared to academic performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCases on Collaboration in Virtual Learning Environments
Subtitle of host publicationProcesses and Interactions
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781605668789
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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