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Comprehensive Assessment of Student Retention in Online Learning Environments
Posted on 12 May 2014 by Shahril Effendi Bin Ibrahim (Senior Librarian)
Authorship Details
Wallace E. Boston
Phil Ice
Angela M. Gibson
Publication Details
Language: 
English
Resource Type: 
Article
Publication Date: 
Spring 2011
Publication Title: 
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration
Publisher: 
University of West Georgia, Distance Education Center
Volume: 
14
Issue or Number: 
1
Summary
As the growth of online programs continues to rapidly accelerate, concern over the retention of the online learner is increasing. Educational administrators at institutions offering online courses, those fully online or brick and mortars, are eager to promote student achievement. Retention is critically important, not just for student success, but also for the success of these institutions of higher education. Models for understanding student persistence in the face-to-face environment are well established; however, many of the variables in these constructs are not present in the online environment or they manifest in significantly different ways. With attrition rates higher than in face-to-face programs, the development of models to explain online retention is considered imperative. This study moves in that direction by exploring the relationship between student demographics and interactions, and retention at a large online university. Analysis of data, which included an n of 20,569, provides an illustration of the importance of transfer credit and the consistency of activity in predicting continued enrollment. (Abstract by authors)
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