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Online Learning: Retention is Everyones Issue « WeirdGuy

May 1, 2007

WierdGuy notes (Online Learning: Retention is Everyones Issue « WeirdGuy) that eLearning has retention issues. He lists, based on Diaz, the high drop rates asssociated with non-corporate eLearning and some reasons why. One big difference he misses, though, is the typical lack of a hands-on component in a non-classroom eLearning setting. They should look at virtual labs as a means of bringing hands-on back to the learning environment for online software training.  My guess would be that there is significantly higher retention and lower drop rates where hands-on labs are used in combo with other eLearning technologies.

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2 comments

  1. Good point and well taken. Anytime you can bridge online to real-life you add a component for stronger retention. Yet, when access to these kinds of environments are unavailable, I have found high levels of interaction and “community” building deliver strong results as well.

    Best,
    -Eric

    WeirdGuy


  2. The blog is coming along nicely. Any possibility of putting WeirdGuy on your blogroll? Appreciate it!

    Cheers,
    -Eric



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