Technological factors explaining student dropout from online courses in higher education: a review

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État de publication: Publiée (2015 )

Titre des actes: Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015

Lieu: Chesapeake, États-Unis/ Montréal, Canada

Intervalle de pages: 1815-1820

Résumé: Although the number of online courses is growing considerably in higher education, the persistence rates in these courses are very low, and even lower than the ones in face-to-face courses. Some published papers reviewed factors that could explain persistence in online courses. These factors include student factors, course and program factors, social presence factors and environmental factors. However, technological factors have seldom been taken into account. The aim of this paper is to contribute toward filling this knowledge gap by reviewing papers on technological factors that could explain academic student persistence in higher education. Reviewing these factors is an important issue, as it would provide administrators and higher education faculty members with guidance on how to implement online courses based on the following comprehensive review of empirical studies.