Distance learning classes are likely to improve the drop out rate for nontraditional students and physically disabled students in college, says a new study.
Researchers at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, found in a meta-analysis that some undergraduate students preferred face-to-face courses, but that others preferred distance learning classes—and were more satisfied with them. Those students who liked online learning shared some common characteristics—traits that also are more prevalent among students who have higher drop out rates:
Other findings of the Rowan University study:
Researchers called for more study that would compare drop out rates for nontraditional students in both distance learning classes and face-to-face classes to see whether these students indeed are more successful using online education.
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