Mobile Learning and Student Retention
IRRODL Volume 8, Number 2, ISSN 1492-3831 Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Student retention in open and distance learning (ODL) is comparatively poor to traditional education and, in some contexts, embarrassingly low. Literature on the subject of student retention in ODL indicates that even when interventions are designed and undertaken to improve student retention, they tend to fall short. Moreover, this area has not been well researched. The main aim of our research, therefore, is to better understand and measure students' attitudes and perceptions towards the effectiveness of mobile learning. Our hope is to determine how this technology can be optimally used to improve student retention at Bachelor of Science programmes at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in India. For our research, we used a survey. Results of this survey clearly indicate that offering mobile learning could be one method improving retention of BSc students, by enhancing their teaching/ learning and improving the efficacy of IGNOU's existing student support system. The biggest advantage of this technology is that it can be used anywhere, anytime. Moreover, as mobile phone usage in India explodes, it offers IGNOU easy access to a larger number of learners. This study is intended to help inform those who are seeking to adopt mobile learning systems with the aim of improving communication and enriching students' learning experiences in their ODL institutions. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
Fozdar, B.I. & Kumar, L.S. (2007). Mobile Learning and Student Retention. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 8(2), 1-18. Athabasca University Press.
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