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ERIC Number: EJ1150708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1547-500X
Dropout Rates, Student Momentum, and Course Walls: A New Tool for Distance Education Designers
Christensen, Steven S.; Spackman, Jonathan S.
Journal of Educators Online, v14 n2 Jul 2017
This paper explores a new tool for instructional designers. By calculating and graphing the Student Momentum Indicator (M) for 196 university-level online courses and by employing the constant comparative method within the grounded theory framework, eight distinct graph shapes emerged as meaningful categories of dropout behavior. Several of the graph shapes identified Course Walls, that is, areas of the course's lesson sequence wherein the student's momentum to finish the course is significantly slowed or halted. We posit that instructional designers can apply the evaluation of Course Walls to course revisions to reduce dropout rates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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