Do certain types of students have more trouble adapting to online learning? A new study indicates that gender and ethnicity may impact online student success.
Online Student Success Findings
- Female students tended to do better than males in all courses, but the gap was particularly noticeable in online courses.
- Overall online course persistence came in at 91 percent, with face-to-face programs averaging 94.5 percent.
- Younger students had more trouble adapting to online courses than older adults.
- Black and Hispanics had the highest drop-out rates for online learning.
- As for course offerings, the humanities and social science proved the most popular, with engineering coming in with the fewest enrollments.
The study also notes that while older students tend to do well in their classes, they were more likely to drop out than younger classmates. Previous studies indicate this may be due to family concerns, namely the work and childcare responsibilities older adults tend to shoulder.
Ensuring Gender, Ethnicity Don’t Hinder Online Student Success
Rachel Wang is a writer, editor and producer with a background in journalism and online media. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science and specializes in online learning news and trends for the Get Educated news team.