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When Great Teaching Is Not Enough: Utilizing Student Perception to Increase Retention in Online Learning

, Southwest Minnesota State University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Amsterdam, Netherlands Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Abstract: The increase in the number of online courses offered by higher education institutions in the United States during the past several years has been extraordinary. Part of the institutional drive to increase online course offerings is to meet non-traditional student demand, particularly for place-bound students. Attracting additional student enrollment via distance education additionally offers institutions a financial option to support revenues in an era of declining state funding and decreased student enrollment. As institutions experience remarkable growth in distance education, the low rates of retention for online courses have remained largely the same. To remain competitive in the distance education market, institutions must identify the factors that both hinder and help retention in online course delivery.


Beach, M. (2018). When Great Teaching Is Not Enough: Utilizing Student Perception to Increase Retention in Online Learning. 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. 1940-1944). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 18, 2019 from .

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