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Factors Encouraging or Discouraging Students from Taking Online Classes

Factors Encouraging or Discouraging Students from Taking Online Classes
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Author(s): Chuleeporn Changchit (Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, USA) and Tim Klaus (Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 13
Source title: ICTs for Modern Educational and Instructional Advancement: New Approaches to Teaching
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lawrence A. Tomei (Robert Morris University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-936-6.ch006

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Abstract

Advances in communication technologies, such as widespread use of the Internet, have opened new avenues for continuing higher education. These advances have allowed educators to provide for and satisfy individual variations in learning. Generally, online courses are adaptations of traditional courses; some courses are more suitable than others for such online instruction. As the trend to offer online courses continues, understanding the factors that lead to students’ preference can be useful. Online courses can be costly to develop and to implement, and inappropriately designating courses for online participation can lead to lower student retention rates. This study focuses on students’ perceptions of online courses. The results identify issues that affect students’ perceptions, and this study concludes by suggesting ways for universities to design online programs that better suit the desires of students.

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