Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College: Online Lessons-Faculty Page

Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College: Online Lessons-Faculty Page
Faculty Page

As part of the effort to improve college students’ success and completion, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has published free online lessons that will help students prevent unplanned pregnancy. College faculty and instructors can use the lessons in First Year Experience, college success, and other courses.

Please take a moment to tell us that you’re using these free lessons. You will automatically be registered to receive alerts when there have been updates to the lessons (particularly helpful if you’re uploading the lessons to an LMS), and you will also have the option to receive other helpful Campaign resources.

Why Use These Lessons?

Helping students prevent pregnancy is an important, but often overlooked, part of the completion agenda. In fact, 61% of women who have children after enrolling in commu­nity college fail to finish their degree, which is 65% higher than the rate for those who didn’t have children.

You may think, “By the time they arrive at college, students already know everything about how to prevent pregnancy.” Indeed, most students themselves think they have all the information they need as well.  However, research shows that myths, misinformation, and magical thinking are all too common among young adults when it comes to preventing unplanned pregnancy.

The three lessons in Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College can help students address these information gaps and take action to prevent unplanned pregnancy. The lessons are designed to help students understand the impact of unplanned pregnancy on their educational goals, their social lives, their significant relationships, and their finances.  Students learn about various birth control methods; select the most appropriate method(s) for their values, lifestyles, and relationships; and create an action plan to decrease their chances of unplanned pregnancy.

How to Use the Lessons

By offering the lessons, instructors can provide students with valuable information, without needing to become experts on these topics themselves or using class time. Students can find the lessons at the Online Lessons Page. Each of the three lessons may be completed in 30-40 minutes.

The lessons include the following helpful features:

  • Study guides for each lesson to help focus student attention on the relevant points.
  • Scored quizzes at the end of each lesson that students can submit to instructors for a grade.
  • An Action Plan to help students get organized and to follow through on their plans to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

To learn more about all the features offered in the lessons, and view a detailed outline and learning objectives, consult the Faculty Guide in the link below.

To request copies of completed quizzes with the correct answers, contact Chelsey Storin, Manager, College Initiatives, at cstorin@thenc.org or (202) 478-8519. Please allow 1-2 business days for a reply.

About the Lessons

The three lessons in Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College were designed and authored by Bobbi Dubins, instructional designer and First Year Experience faculty at Allegany College of Maryland, and Virginia Kirk, Professor Emeritus and former Director of Distance Learning at Howard Community College (MD).

Publication date: August 2012

Author(s): Bobbi Dubins and Virginia Kirk