According to Class Central, 110 million people in the world enrolled in online courses in 2019. The number is impressive, but the question is: How many of them made it to the finish line, and how many dropped out right after registering for a course or completing the first lesson? A recent study (The MOOC pivot | Science https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.aav7958t) found that of those who register for a course, 52% never even look at the courseware. Moreover, the dropout rate reaches a whopping 96% on average, over five years.
In this post, we’ll go through the 10 most common reasons why students fail online learning. This checklist will be useful for eLearning business owners, and anyone involved in online teaching who wants to enhance the eLearning experience for their students and grab and hold their attention to the end.
Below I summarise the 10 reasons. For every reason, the authors give practical solutions. Click here to read the original article.
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1. Adaptation Difficulties
Since the online classroom is a new environment for many students, the first challenge is to adapt to online learning. If the platform seems too complicated, you risk losing your potential students.
2. Wrong Expectations
The course appeared to be too difficult or too easy, too time-consuming or too theoretical—these are some faulty expectations that will lead to frustration and dropouts.
3. Technical Issues
4. Poor Time Management
Lack of time is one of the most common reasons why students abandon online courses. While some people indeed face unexpected personal circumstances, others fail to manage their time properly.
5. Problems With Motivation
There are tons of reasons why students can lose motivation—from unclear course outcomes and lack of control to feeling frustrated because of social isolation.
6. Too Much Flexibility
One of the biggest advantages of online learning is great flexibility: students can take courses at their own pace whenever and wherever they want. Simultaneously, when there’s too much of it, flexibility can be the biggest disadvantage.
7. Lack Of Human Contact
One of the major limitations of the online learning experience is a lack of communication with classmates and teachers, which can be frustrating. Moreover, studies show that social engagement and community components make students five times more engaged and 16 times more likely to finish the course.
8. Too Bulky Chunks Of Information
It’s a familiar situation: you need to embark on a large project, and you don’t know where to start. But once you break it down into smaller tasks, it becomes more approachable and doable in your eyes. The same thing is true of education: too massive and complicated modules can scare students away from the course.
9. Poor Student Support
When a roadblock gets in the way of a student in a traditional classroom, they can ask a teacher or discuss it with their peers. In online education, students can feel isolated without these opportunities, so they tend to give up when things get complicated.
10. The Information Is Far From Real Life
When information students learn gets too abstract and can’t relate it to their lives, it’s easy to lose interest in the topic or the entire course.