Dropout in Distance Education and how to Prevent it

ID: 52861 Type: Full Paper: Research
  1. Cathrin Vogel, Jana Hochberg, Sarah Hackstein, Alina Bockshecker, Theo J. Bastiaens, and Ulrike Baumöl, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany

Thursday, June 28 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Location: De Wallen View on map

Presider: Maya Al Hawary, Hamadan Bin Mohammed Smart University, United Arab Emirates

Abstract: 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.

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