Dropout in Distance Education and how to Prevent it
Cathrin Vogel, Jana Hochberg, Sarah Hackstein, Alina Bockshecker, Theo J. Bastiaens, Ulrike Baumöl, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Amsterdam, Netherlands Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
In this paper, we derive suggestions on how students in distance educational university settings can be supported not to abandon their studying. We examine student personas of dropout reasons on the base of a review and content analysis on research about dropout and combine these with categories that describe students’ characteristics of distance university students. Suggestions on how to support these personas are based on the use of ICT in teaching and organizational processes. Amongst others, we recommend providing students a flexible learning environment that adapts their needs on structure, dialogue, and autonomy.
Vogel, C., Hochberg, J., Hackstein, S., Bockshecker, A., Bastiaens, T.J. & Baumöl, U. (2018). Dropout in Distance Education and how to Prevent it. In T. Bastiaens, J. Van Braak, M. Brown, L. Cantoni, M. Castro, R. Christensen, G. Davidson-Shivers, K. DePryck, M. Ebner, M. Fominykh, C. Fulford, S. Hatzipanagos, G. Knezek, K. Kreijns, G. Marks, E. Sointu, E. Korsgaard Sorensen, J. Viteli, J. Voogt, P. Weber, E. Weippl & O. Zawacki-Richter (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1788-1799). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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