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Shepherd, Clive
June 2003
IT Training;Jun2003, p42
Trade Publication
There has been an increase in the number of dropouts in electronic learning students. For example, statistics from learning-research provider Corporate University Xchange, based on a study of 4,148 online learners, show dropout rates of around 70 per cent, compared with an average of 15 per cent for classroom training. To the extent that electronic learning is real-time, such as virtual-classroom events and chat rooms, dropping out is no more of an issue. Problem is with formal, self-study learning, which should not be surprising, because all previous self-study methods have suffered in exactly the same way. Electronic learners are, at least according to current thinking, also human beings and only put effort in where it is worth their while. If somebody wants them to complete their programs, then the pleasures need to far outweigh the pains of continuing. INSETS: Case study;The motivation matrix.


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