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ERIC Number: ED558657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 73
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-6290-6
The Effects of Updating a Mandatory Online Orientation for Online Students: A Case Study
Mead-Roach, Amanda
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fielding Graduate University
This case study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of updating a mandatory orientation for online learners at Merritt Jackson University (pseudonym) from one that assessed computer compatibility of students' computers to the online environment (ability to download file types, send email, and access Blackboard) to one that simulated realistic student activities. The intention of the upgrade was to produce higher persistence rates and success rates in subsequent online courses. After analyzing the data of 237 courses over 12 semesters for the persistence rates and success rates in subsequent online courses, there were no significant differences in the persistence rate; the success rate showed no significant differences in fall and spring but did show significant difference in the summer semester. In terms of evaluating the upgrade for its primary purpose, the upgrade was unsuccessful in improving student persistence rates and success rates. Although not its primary goal, the upgrade did provide a visually more professional and academic point of first interaction for online students, and thus is likely of benefit, despite not fulfilling its original intention. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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