University of Vermont

Center for Teaching and Learning

Retention Center

The Retention Center allows instructors to monitor which students in a course may be at risk. Using a set of rules that are either built in or created by the instructor, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed. From the Retention Center, instructors can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement. Examples of retention center uses might include:

  • Create rules to track specific activities (or lack thereof) which indicate risk.
  • Contact the most at-risk students immediately and flag those you want to monitor closely.
  • Keep track of correspondence with at-risk students and make notes about each student from within the Retention Center.
  • Create rules to let you know which students are doing well and reward their work, discover student mentors, assign group membership, or find teaching assistants.

The Retention Center is accessible from the global navigation menu in the top right of the page, and also accessible in the Evaluation section of a course's Control Panel.
accessing the retention center

For more information on how to use the Retention Center, see Blackboard's documentation.

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