Online courses can work

06 December, 2015

While the 2013 national average rate of first-year dropouts in Australia was just under 15%, the dropout rate was as high as 28% among universities offering online courses.

In response to this, some universities have taken to improving the quality of their online offerings as a way to boost student performance and stop disengagement.

Research has shown that students who have access to better designed, and more personalised, courses tend to have higher engagement and better outcomes.

A study of more than 1,000 engineering students taught with online lessons that adapt to suit individual needs cut the percentage of students who failed the course from 31% to 7% between 2007 and 2011.

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