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Title: Attrition in the Digital Age: Reminders from the Literature
Contributor(s): Reed, Kate (author); Wise, Nathan  (author)orcid ; Tynan, Belinda (author); Bossu, Carina  (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4205-8.ch020
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/14068
Abstract: Distance education (learning and teaching by distance modes of information exchange) is often characterised by having higher attrition rates (often labelled as "drop-out" or "withdrawal") compared to traditional face-to-face (or "on-campus") education. It has been claimed that no area of research in distance education has received more attention; such is the concern surrounding attrition. This chapter suggests that a holistic understanding of the numerous, complex, and interlinked factors that may contribute to a learner choosing to discontinue their studies continues to elude researchers. Furthermore, attrition may not always be a negative outcome; for example, a learner may have achieved the desired skill set from their studies. In the current higher education climate it is imperative for universities to maintain student enrolments. Attrition directly impacts upon wasted expenditure and loss of revenue for an institution. Additionally, withdrawing from tertiary studies can have consequences for the distance learner. This chapter explores underlying concerns and identify key questions and gaps regarding attrition in distance education for the digital age.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Outlooks and Opportunities in Blended and Distance Learning, p. 279-293
Publisher: IGI Global
Place of Publication: Hershey, United States of America
ISBN: 9781466642058
Field of Research (FOR): 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Other Links: http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/197628335
Series Name: Advances in Mobile and Distance Learning (AMDL) Book Series
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