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Minimizing attrition in online degree courses

Boton, Eliani and Gregory, Sue (2015). Minimizing attrition in online degree courses. Journal of Educators Online,12(1):62-90.

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Title Minimizing attrition in online degree courses
Author Boton, Eliani
Gregory, Sue
Journal Name Journal of Educators Online
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 12
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1547-500X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 62
End Page 90
Total Pages 29
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Journal of Educators Online
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The number of online programs in the higher education sector has increased dramatically in the last decade, and with it, an increase in attrition has become a recurring problem worldwide. Literature suggests that elements of culture, motivation, learning management systems and online pedagogy play a major role in attrition rates in the higher education sector. Using an interpretivist paradigm with qualitative case studies from six countries, the researcher explores online lecturers’ successful engagement strategies on these four main thematic areas. Results provide a range of strategies that can be applied by lecturers to increase engagement and minimize online attrition.
Keywords Online learning
Engagement strategies
Online pedagogies
Online attrition
Motivational strategies
Diversity in online courses
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