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Evaluation of Effective Interventions to Solve the Drop out Problem in Adult Distance Education PROCEEDINGS

, , , Boise State University, United States

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Seattle, WA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-35-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Described in this paper is a case study of evaluation conducted in the instructional &
performance technology (IPT) department at Boise State University (BSU). The IPT department
offers a distance education (DE) option in its Master's degree program. This case study describes
the effective interventions that the educational organization used to reduce the drop out rate. The
drop out rate during 1989 and 1996 was 44%. The IPT DE program designed and implemented
interventions to reduce the drop out rate during the three semesters in 1997. Within a year, they
found that significantly positive results were obtained from their interventions. The purpose of this
paper is to help audience understand how to design, implement, and evaluate interventions to
reduce high dropout rates. Several instructional design models and an evaluation model such as the
ARCS model, the Organizational Element Model (OEM), and Kirkpatrick's evaluation model are
discussed in the paper.

Citation

Winiecki, D., Fenner, J.A. & Chyung, Y. (1999). Evaluation of Effective Interventions to Solve the Drop out Problem in Adult Distance Education. In B. Collis & R. Oliver (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 1999--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 51-55). Seattle, WA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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