Comparing Social Isolation Effects on Students Attrition in Online Versus Face-to-Face Courses in Computer Literacy

Azad Ali , David T Smith
InSITE 2015  •  2015  •  pp. 908
[The final form of this paper was published in the journal Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology.] This paper compares the effect of social isolation on students enrolled in online courses versus students enrolled on campus courses (called in this paper Face-to-Face or F2F). The paper uses grade data collected from a computer literacy course that was recently taught by the author. The author was the same instructor for one online section and two F2F sections thereby simplifying data collection and providing a controlled comparison between the two forms of teaching (F2F and online). The paper first introduces the plan and the limitation of this study. It reviews literature about social isolation and the trend of online courses. The paper then presents the data from the courses that were summarized for the purpose of this study; it analyzes them and makes a recommendation based on the analysis of the data.
course withdrawal, social isolation in online courses, attrition in online courses
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