Provide a range of learner supportto build motivation and retentionBrindley et al (2004) highlighted its importance „A decision by a learner to drop out of a course or a programme is now understood to be dependent upon a wide range of variables, many of which can be influenced by various forms of learner support (p.10)… In the context of distance education, learner support has taken on special importance because of the separation between learner and educational provider.‟ (Ibid. p.11)J.E. Brindley, C. Walti & O. Zawacki-Richter (Eds.), 2004, Learner Support in Open, Distance and Online Learning Environments, Bibliotheks- und Informationssystem der Universität, www.mde.uni-oldenburg.de/download/asfvolume9_ebook.pdf downloaded 28 May, 2012 3
Issues IssuesKnowledge Emotional/social• Digital literacy • Limited confidence• Literacy/numeracy • Limited access to resources• Academic literacy • Limited workplace support• RPL • Possible motivation and• Career planning skills retention problems• Limited knowledge of • Learners working and available pathways/HE studying need a timely system approach to assessment• Limited schooling • Workplace learners need relevance in their studies 4
Analysis Program manager - “Currently we have about 20 - 30% students leave each program, particularly in the first year … this may help us to retain them.” Sally Parrot, Program Manager, email communication• Industry reaction “This is an important step in providing access to training to all potential learners in industry.” Industry Advisory Board Panel member • Student reaction – “Yes I now know how to achieve what I want” Current student 19
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