Share Paper: Drop-out, Retention, Satisfaction and Attainment of Online Learners of Dutch in Adult education

  1. Liesbeth De Paepe, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
  2. Chang Zhu, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
  3. Koen DePryck, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
Monday, November 14 4:00-4:30 PM Wright

Abstract: Understanding reasons for drop-out, factors contributing to student satisfaction and strategies for enhancing student retention is fundamental to the success of online (language) courses. This study examines drop-out rates, student satisfaction, retention rates and attainment in fully online elementary-level courses for Dutch as a second language (L2) in Flanders. Results show that drop-out rates are highly “front-loaded” and that success in the A1 level course is a good predictor for success in the subsequent level. Retention strongly increases after the first module. Student-tutor interaction is a key element in student satisfaction that deserves attention from instructional designers, policy makers and ...