CDE seminar: Triumphs and disasters in distance education; but mostly disasters

Thursday 28 February 2013

You can see the slides and listen to the audio of the seminar below (they are also available for download):

Triumphs and disasters in distance education; but mostly disasters

Ormond Simpson book cover

In this CDE seminar, Ormond Simpson introduced his new book ‘Supporting Students for Success in Online and Distance Education’ just out with Routledge, and spoke about his attempts over the years to find new ways of supporting students to succeed better.

The book provides a comprehensive overview of student support both on and off campus. While online and distance learning are the world’s fastest growing areas of educational development, they have a fundamental weakness—their graduation rates, which can be lower than 20 percent. In this powerful new edition, Ormond builds on a rich history of research in distance and e-learning to show how retention rates can be improved through tested support methods, often at a net financial profit to the institutions involved.

Ormond Simpson is Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Distance Education and was previously Visiting Professor at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and Senior Lecturer in Institutional Research, Open University.

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