Dr. Burrus' Research Presented at Online Learning Consortium Annual Meeting

Dr. Burrus' Research Presented at Online Learning Consortium Annual Meeting

Dr. Burrus' research that explores predictors for online higher education student attrition was presented at the Online Learning Consortium's annual meeting in Orlando, Florida today, November 16th, 2016. This research was conducted using results from the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator to track students in their degree programs. In addition, student outreach was conducted with an experimental group of at-risk students to determine if additional academic support promoted retention. Results demonstrated that verbal and physical learning styles and personal attributes such as procrastination increase the likelihood for attrition, while clear reasons for pursuing a degree and typing skills decrease the likelihood for attrition. Outreach to identified at-risk students did promote greater levels of student success and persistence. Recommendations for future research include comparing results from online and traditional student groups to determine if similar at-risk factors influence the likelihood of student withdrawal, and examining the characteristics of students who withdrawal before completing their first course. This research serves as a basis for an upcoming large scale research initiative that will take these research findings and recommendations for further research and explore our the SmarterMeasure data is predictive for students in various degree programs across disciplines.  

To learn more about Dr.Burrus' research, the Center for Learning Analytics Research or the upcoming research, please click here: https://research.phoenix.edu/research-centers/center-learning-analytics-...

To read the full article click here: http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/fall193/shaw_burrus_ferguson193.html

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