Cause and Effect: Online Classes

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Cause and effect: Online classes "A recent report in the Chronicle for Higher Education found that institutions report dropout rates ranging from 20 to 50 percent for distance learners. And administrators of online courses concur dropout rates are often 10 to 20 percentage points higher in distance offerings than in their face-to-face counterparts" (Frankola, n.d). The reason for this higher rate, according to the Chronicle, was unclear. However there are a number of possible causes for this effect. The first is that the nature of online education may be less motivating for students, because it lacks the real-life solidarity provided by teachers and peers. It may be more difficult for students to obtain effective help from their teachers in a virtual format, particularly if they have difficulty expressing themselves in written prose. However, some of the causes may have to do with the nature of students more apt to select online learning. They are often more likely to be juggling multiple commitments from work and school. They may choose online learning because they believe it will be easier, or require less participation in class. They may have been intimidated in school environments in the past and hope the passivity and distanced nature of the format will enable them to get by but instead find that the online learning process merely exposes their weaknesses without providing them with additional support. This has the effect of an increased rate of online dropouts,
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