Staying the course: retention and participation in on-line learning in Singapore and the UKReport as inadecuate

Author: Clem Herman



In 2001 the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) in collaboration with the British Open University (OU) ran a successful presentation of the Level 1 Technology Course 'You, Your Computer and the Net'.
The 30 point foundation level course was delivered to 9,000 students in 13 UK regions and simultaneously to a cohort of 200 students in Singapore.
One of the striking factors about the results of this course was the difference in retention and ultimately the final pass rates of the two cohorts of students.
This paper will describe the course and its delivery in the two countries, attempting to offer some explanations for this discrepancy in drop out rates using a cross cultural perspective ...

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