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Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College: Free Online Lessons
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As part of the effort to improve college students’ success and completion, ...

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.

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.

The lessons are fully online, visual, highly interactive and utilize a variety of resource types. Videos, animations, interactive self-checks, web "quests," study guides, and resource lists are included in the lessons.

Instructors can use the lessons as in-class assignments or as standalone homework/lessons. Instructors do not need to have in-depth knowledge of birth control. A faculty lesson guide is available that includes tips and ideas on how the lessons can be used.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Arts and Humanities
Higher Education
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lecture
Provider:
Allegany College of Maryland
Provider Set:
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Author:
Bobbi Dubins and Virginia Kirk