Do Orientation Materials Help Students Successfully Complete Online Courses?

Do Orientation Materials Help Students Successfully Complete Online Courses?

Lawrence Tomei (Robert Morris University, USA), Holly Hagel (Robert Morris University, USA), Ashley Rineer (Robert Morris University, USA), Lisa A. Mastandrea (Robert Morris University, USA) and Jennifer Scolon (Regis University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2009040107
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Abstract

OCICU is the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities and consists of five provider institutions which are located throughout the United States and Ireland. This consortium is the first of its kind to exist in distance education. The researchers wanted to understand the importance of orientation materials to successfully completing an online course taken from another institution. The review of the literature revealed several factors of teaching online that supported the position that pro-active development of orientation materials is essential to the growth and development of online learning and results in additional revenue to participating institutions.

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