Factors Related to Students’ Drop Out from a Distance Language Learning Programme

Budiman, Rahmat (2016) Factors Related to Students’ Drop Out from a Distance Language Learning Programme. In: e-Learning and Distance Education Conference, 14-15 March,2016, Lahore, Pakistan. (Submitted)

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Abstract

This paper presents a study that examined the reasons for dropping out of a distance language learning programme offered by an open university in Indonesia. A purposive sample of students who registered for English writing courses at the university was used. To gain a better understanding of the issues, the study also sought information from lecturers and online tutors. A longitudinal research design employing mixed methods was used over four stages of data collection. The research instruments were self-administered questionnaires followed by semi-structured interviews. The qualitative data related to the reasons for dropping out were analysed with NVivo version 10. The findings indicated that the major reasons that led the students to drop out were lack of basic skills in English, unmet expectations, feelings of isolation, and the inability to balance work, family, and study responsibilities. The study offers a theoretical framework to describe the factors related to student dropout from a distance language learning programme. This study also offers models of interaction, teaching and learning in distance language learning to minimise the dropout rate.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information (ID): eldec_rahmat_budiman.pdf
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance learning, dropout, English writing, Indonesia
Subjects: 300 Social Science > 370-379 Education (Pendidikan) > 374.4 Distance Education (Pendidikan Jarak Jauh)
Divisions: Koleksi Digital > Artikel
Depositing User: CR Cherrie Rachman
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 02:40
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 06:53
URI: http://repository.ut.ac.id/id/eprint/2737

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