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Reducing dropouts in online education: group tutoring in virtual seminars and support structures
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2012 (English)In: US-China Education Review, ISSN 1548-6613, Vol. 2, no 11A, 971-978 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper describes a development project aimed at reducing the large number of dropouts in online degree project courses. The idea was that the introduction of group tutorials in virtual seminars, combined with extensive support materials, would reduce dropout rates. Among the students who participated, the dropout rate was reduced by 50% compared to previous courses. While the support structure was seen by all supervisors and students as an important function, there was some resistance among the supervisors towards the virtual seminars, probably due to existing tutorial cultures and organizational structures.

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David Publishing Company, 2012. Vol. 2, no 11A, 971-978 p.
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distance education; online; dropouts; group tutoring; virtual seminar
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-64271OAI: diva2:599733
Available from: 2013-01-30 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2013-01-30Bibliographically approved

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