Not Now, Maybe Later, and Often Not at All: Situational, Institutional, Dispositional, Epistemological, and Technological Barriers to Business-Based Online Training Courses

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dc.contributor.advisor Darryl McGraw, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor David Rieder, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Brad Mehlenbacher, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Paula Berardinelli, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.author Roberts, Linda Enders en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-02T18:45:52Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-02T18:45:52Z
dc.date.issued 2004-04-16 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-04132004-073125 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/4151
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the research was to determine whether the situational, institutional, dispositional, epistemological, and technological barriers that affect attrition in distance education apply to the business-based distance training arena. Although reports about distance training students indicate that attrition from distance training is a significant issue, the results from this study find that 90 percent of the business professionals who answered this survey that have taken business-based e-learning courses are not discontinuing their e-learning courses. This finding contradicts many published articles. The free-form comments written by the online learners who answered this survey provided some hints as to what may be keeping these business professionals from abandoning their e-learning courses. The respondents to this study acknowledge that interaction with other learners and with course facilitators, chunking of courses and curricula into appropriate sized pieces, technical support, good course design, and incentives to reach course or curriculum completion have kept them online. en_US
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dc.subject distance education en_US
dc.subject e-learning en_US
dc.subject training en_US
dc.subject attrition en_US
dc.title Not Now, Maybe Later, and Often Not at All: Situational, Institutional, Dispositional, Epistemological, and Technological Barriers to Business-Based Online Training Courses en_US
dc.degree.name EdD en_US
dc.degree.level dissertation en_US
dc.degree.discipline Adult and Community College Education en_US


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