Saturday, March 14, 2009

Carol Twigg's research on reducing drop-out rates through e-learning

Can drop-out rates be reduced?

Students drop out, fail or simply withdraw for a number of reasons. The US term (DFW - drop-failure-withdrawal) attempts to capture this. Significant decreases in the DFW figures, across a range of subjects, were seen in the University of Southern Maine, Drexel University, FGCU, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the University of New Mexico. The results of the Twigg study were interesting:

University of Southern Maine

28% to 19%

Drexel University

48% to 38%


45% to 11%

Indiana University

39% to 25%

University of New Mexico.

42% to 25%

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