More than a quarter of online learners who complete their course will not graduate, compared to 40 per cent of those who complete a traditional certificate.
In terms of graduation rates, the study by the Australian Institute of Professional Teaching and Research found that in 2017-18 the number of online students who completed their course was just 25 per cent higher than those who completed a traditional certification.
“There are very few reasons why a learner would choose to complete a course in the first place, particularly in a world where learning is so competitive,” Professor Hock said.
“We have a new system that has brought many online learners up through the system.”
One of the main reasons why online learners are less likely than traditional learners to graduate is that they lack the confidence to take on a degree.
“It’s not just about the quality of the course; it’s about the ability to do the work,” Professor Hart said.
In addition to being less likely, online learners also tend to be less confident about completing the course and have fewer support and support systems around them. “
And that’s a big advantage online learners have.”
In addition to being less likely, online learners also tend to be less confident about completing the course and have fewer support and support systems around them.
Professor Hart said there were some other challenges that could make online learners more likely to fail, including the fact that there was not as much money in the Australian tertiary system, as well as the fact there was less demand from universities.
The main challenges with online learning are the lack of online support systems, low online enrolment and the fact students often lack the financial resources to complete the course, Professor Hart added.
Online learners also need to take responsibility for their own education, including ensuring they are getting the help they need to complete their courses.
“Online learners need to be in a place where they know what they need, and how they need it,” Professor Tapp said.
Students are also encouraged to use social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat to socialise, including to communicate with their peers, to be a part of events and to share content.
Professor Hart says the study also showed that online learners were less likely for students to feel safe in their environment, and there was also less support for them to leave their classroom.
“The data shows that many students who complete the online course feel that the experience is more comfortable, more safe and more comfortable with themselves,” Professor Kostelnik said.
“In some cases students feel like they can talk to each other more, and students feel they can connect with each other and they feel that there is more support for the students when they need help.”
Professor Kostelsky said more research was needed to understand how and why online learning can help students, but that the data did support the need for online learning.
“Our research shows that it’s really important for learners to take control of their own learning environment,” he said.