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Title: A dropout definition for continuance intention and effective re-enrolment models in online distance learning
Author: Grau Valldosera, Josep
Director: Minguillón Alfonso, Julià  
Keywords: retención
distance education
online distance learning
continuance intention
Issue Date: 18-Feb-2020
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: The aim of this research is to establish an empirical definition of dropout that is tailored to UOC students and can be adapted later on to other online distance learning institutions. To do so, we analyse the number of consecutive rest periods (N) needed for a student on a particular programme to be considered to have dropped out (with a probability of less than 5% return or maximum error). This N proves to be different for each programme, as does the overall dropout rate. All programmes show a high probability of students' leaving after a break, especially when this interruption in their studies takes place in the second or third semester (early dropout). The research then focuses on early dropout, defining two models for the total number of new bachelor's degree students taking a break in the second semester: the continuance intention model and the effective re-enrolment model (or extended rest period), both for the third semester.
Language: English
Appears in Collections:Doctoral Thesis

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