Online Learning Update

June 30, 2014

A shocking difference between online and traditional students

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

New study reveals retention rates are all about how students perceive time. There are many ‘practical’ reasons why a student would pick an online course over an onsite course: money, time constraints, travel time, and supplementing education rather than obtaining a full degree. But a new study reveals that one of the major reasons for dropout rates in online learning has a lot to do with the psycho-social profile of the student. It’s an intrapsychological factor called temporal perspective (TP) and it’s pretty much the glass half-full/half-empty scenario, mixed in with some other perceptions. And, say researchers Margarida Romero and Mireia Usart from ESADE, it’s a major reason why many online classes have low retention rates.

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