ERIC Number: ED513689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Student Attrition: An Argument for Synchronous Learning Online
Reigle, Rosemary R.
The purpose of the study was to determine to what extent online instructors make use of synchronous tools, and whether use of synchronous tools is correlated with retention. Between April and September of 2010 a confidential web survey was e-mailed to 120 randomly selected higher education instructors across the country who taught either 3- or 5-credit online classes. These instructors were employed by community colleges, public and private four-year colleges, and universities. Questions were geared toward understanding whether online instructors used synchronous tools in their online classes, and whether use of these tools had an effect on the number of incompletes authorized. Results indicated that most instructors did not use synchronous lectures, webcams, or meeting platforms, and that those instructors who did not use synchronous tools authorized more incompletes than those who did. These results show that lack of synchronous tool use may be correlated to lower completion rates. To improve classroom interaction in an effort to reduce attrition, instructors should consider implementing synchronous tools that provide instant gratification and reduce the cognitive loads of online learners.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A