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Recent Event in the Institute for Research in Open and Innovative Education (IROPINE)

Seminar on ‘My Research Studies on Open and Distance Education’

Dr K S Yuen, who recently retired from the position of Director of Educational Technology and Publishing Unit, gave a seminar on his research studies on student attrition on 17 August 2016. He began by pointing out that student attrition has long been a problem for institutions offering distance learning programmes, including the OUHK. He first went back to 1992, when the Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong (the former name of the OUHK) was concerned about the high dropout rate in its programmes. Through controlled experiments, the main reasons for dropout and variables which prevented persisters from withdrawers were identified.

Dr Yuen then talked about another major dropout study he was involved in 2007. An important finding of the study was that early intervention for students who are likely to fail a course led to a dramatic increase in the chances that they would continue their studies in future semesters. The findings led to suggested measures for improving the dropout situation. Some of these measures, which include offering students an option to ‘try out’ one unit of an OUHK course, have been adopted by the University. Dr Yuen encouraged colleagues to continue working on this area and use new methodologies where needed.

    

 

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