access, dis-enrollment, retention, online learning, community of inquiry
Though online enrollments continue to accelerate at a rapid pace, there is significant concern over student retention. With drop rates significantly higher than in face-to-face classes it is imperative that online providers develop an understanding of factors that lead students to disenroll. This study utilizes a data mining approach to examine course-level disenrollment through the lens of student satisfaction with the projection of Teaching, Social and Cognitive Presence. In comparing the highest and lowest disenrollment quartiles of all courses at American Public University the value of effective Instructional Design and Organization, and initiation of the Triggering Event phase of Cognitive Presence were found to be significant predictors of student satisfaction in the lowest disenrollment quartile. For the highest disenrollment quartile, the lack of follow-through vis-à-vis Facilitation of Discourse and Cognitive Integration were found to be negative predictors of student satisfaction.
provides a place for Sloan-C members and others to secure education and professional development about online eteaching and learning. Sloan-C offers wide ranging knowledge for those interested in deepening both pedagogical and practitioner aspects of their teaching practice.
includes valuable resources to help you and your faculty gain effectiveness in online teaching and learning, with discounted pricing on Sloan-C conferences and workshops, free webinars, discussion groups and peer networking, awards eligibility and more.
The Sloan Consortium offers three annual conferences, each focusing on a different area of interest in online learning and located in a different region of the country. Join us in Las Vegas, NV in the Spring for the Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, in Milwaukee, WI in the Summer for the Blended Learning Conference & Workshop, and in Orlando, FL in the Autumn for our Annual International Conference on Online Learning.
The Online Learning Revolution is the new reality!
The 2012 Online Learning Survey reported that more than 6.7 million students are taking at least one online course, and this trend is growing faster than traditional enrollments, are you ready to participate or expand activities in this growing market?
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