THERE is finally some good news for the thousands of people who have dropped out of an online course.
THERE is finally some good news for the thousands of people who have dropped out of an online course. Pexels

'As low as 2%': Project to improve online course success

THERE is finally some good news for the thousands of people who have dropped out of an online course.

This is an area that needs drastic attention with completion rates as low as two per cent.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia have received a major funding boost to develop a project that will significantly improve the success of online education.

The project was awarded $480,000 in funding over three years from the Australian Research Council.

The team is lead by Dr Jianxin Li from UWA's Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

They will design algorithms to look at pattern recognition in learning activities, learning performance assessment and personalised study plan recommendations.

"Our primary goal will be to develop an analytics system to support personalised learning based on a student's past performance and their current risk of failure in different types of learning activities,” Dr Li said.

"The system would continuously examine a student's online learning activities and evaluate their learning outcomes in real time.

"These evaluations, supported by the historical data of many other students, could then be used to predict the likelihood of success or the risk of academic failure in the early stages of learning.”

UWA Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Professor Robyn Owens, said the success of the project would significantly enhance the success of online education.

"Drop out rates for online courses around the world are significant, with some completion rates as low as two per cent which is a real concern,” she said.

"The success of this project would not only help to retain students in online courses, it would save time and money for users around the world.”

The project is expected to be completed by June 2022.

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