Unless you’re new to the EdTech world it should be no surprise that drop-out rates for online programs are high. Numbers vary from 35% churn to 54% for online courses and higher than 90% for MOOCs. Time to Know’s South American partner, reported a staggering 60% drop-out rate from their flagship vocational training programs.
Moreover, completion of online programs doesn’t necessarily mean success, as described in this report: in some cases, the completion rate is higher than 60%.
If we combine all the above factors to one keyword we get “engagement”. How to increase the level of a learner’s engagement? The challenge corporate and vocational education are facing is how to increase the level of engagement in a digital learning setting. At Time To Know (T2K) we have mastered the formula for creating great learner engagement.
In a series of researches conducted in New York, Texas and Israel it was found that T2K learners are strongly engaged while learning math with the T2K system.
Another research analyzed the engagement of mature distance learners in New Zealand. These learners are aged 25 and over, and many of them choose to study at a distance in order to more easily combine their studies with their family and work commitments. Higher attrition rates and lower course completion rates for this group were the reason for a research on learner engagement.
To explore whether age and mode of study impact on student engagement, satisfaction, learning and departure intention, data from the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement from 1,116 first-year undergraduate students from a single New Zealand university were collected and analyzed. Results prove the influence of student engagement on both student satisfaction and learning, in particular, the importance of a supportive learning environment.
In other words, the higher the engagement level of the distance learner the lower the dropout rate.
Based on the social constructivism theory, a leading learning theory of the past 20 years, effective learning is achieved by combining three elements:
Based on the above three elements the T2K solution that is called Echo was designed to increase the level of engagement of the distance learner.
Echo comprises a set of tools that can plug into any learning environment. Its underlying principles combine the pillars of effective learning with best practices for measurable software platforms.
If you’re looking for an effective distance learning solution you should look for ways to increase the level of learner engagement such as Echo. For more information or to get started schedule an Echo demo today! The Pillars of effective learning that are implemented in Echo are:
1) Social impact – Sense of BelongingEcho creates a community of learners that share the same experience and function as “classmates” in a large-scale program:
2) Insights and CoachingEcho provides data-driven insights for supervisors, trainers, and instructors for immediate and effective intervention.
Echo is designed for a ratio of one supervisor to hundreds of learners, keeping the operation very lean.
3) Active Learning