ERIC Number: ED466276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep-1
Student Persistence in Web-Based Courses: Identifying a Profile for Success.
This paper reports the results of a study designed to identify common characteristics of students persisting in eight Web-based courses. An online survey was utilized to collect demographic information and Web instruction experience from students who completed online coursework. Results indicated that: (1) 59 out of 112 students completed the survey; (2) 34% had previous online course experience; (3) students reported logging into the course an average of 6.6 times per week; (4) 91% worked more than 10 hours a week; and (5) the average age for students who passed the courses with a C or better was 27.9, and the average age of students who failed or withdrew was 22.1. The researcher identified the following indicators of student persistence and success in online courses: (1) development of realistic expectations about how much time online learning will demand; (2) organization and ability to manage the demands of classes, work and home; (3) confidence using a computer; (4) the ability to keep pace with course work and assignments, logging in regularly and frequently; and (5) active participation in online class discussions.(Contains 25 references.) (RC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Distance Education, Online Courses, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Web Based Instruction
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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