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ERIC Number: EJ1114138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1556-3847
Course Completion Rates among Distance Learners: Identifying Possible Methods to Improve Retention
Nash, Robert D.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v8 n4 Win 2005
Many colleges continue to report high attrition rates among distance education students. This study included a survey of students at Coastline Community College to determine why they dropped or failed their distance-learning courses and to identify methods that might improve their success and retention. Questionnaires were sent to a group of randomly selected students who responded to five general topics. Support service options in the survey focused on supplemental tutoring and pre-course orientation sessions. Results were cross tabulated by student performance (i.e., success, drop, failure). Fifty-nine percent of the respondents said they would use free tutoring, either onsite or online. Forty-six percent felt they would benefit by orientations. Online tutoring services and a distance learning student success course were developed and offered at Coastline with mixed results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
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