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Prerequisites for persistence in distance education
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Pedagogik. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Arbete i skolan (AiS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0246-3039
2013 (English)In: Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, ISSN 1556-3847, Vol. 16, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the last two decades, distance education has grown worldwide and is now established as a reliable educational method. Accompanying this development, questions about low rates of student persistence have come to interest governments, institutions, and university management. This article is based on an original local study at a university in Sweden investigating what it takes to get students to continue their enrolment in courses or programs. Teachers' views were captured in interviews and focus groups. These views were analyzed in the context of research in the field catalogued under the keywords "retention" and "persistence" in "distance education" and "distance learning." The results indicate that the teachers would like to see a shift in focus from students to the organization and its technical and administrative teacher and learner support. Staff attitudes, institutional structure, and the management views towards distance education seem to be critical factors.

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2013. Vol. 16, no 4
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Distance education, persistence, retention, management, teachers, attitudes, views
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-11119OAI: diva2:648396
Available from: 2013-09-16 Created: 2013-09-16 Last updated: 2015-03-11Bibliographically approved

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