Share Paper: Dropout in Distance Education and how to Prevent it

  1. Cathrin Vogel, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  2. Jana Hochberg, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  3. Sarah Hackstein, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  4. Alina Bockshecker, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  5. Theo J. Bastiaens, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  6. Ulrike Baumöl, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
Thursday, June 28 10:45 AM-11:15 AM De Wallen

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.