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Online Learning: The Meanings of Student Engagement
Education Journal
Volume 9, Issue 3, May 2020, Pages: 73-79
Received: May 10, 2020; Accepted: May 26, 2020; Published: Jun. 17, 2020
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Hwangji Lu, Department of Health Sciences, Ashford University, San Diego, USA
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Advanced communication technology has facilitated an exponential growth in online education for decades. High dropout rates in online learning have also posted a challenge to higher education institutions. Higher education leaders search for ways to improve student retention and graduation rates. As countless research revealed, student engagement is a key ingredient in keeping students connected with the course and their learning progress. Instructors have a significant role in student engagement. Timely, substantive instructor’s feedback facilitates learning, improves student performance, and supports student retention. Feedback given from instructors plays a vital role in student’s learning and satisfaction in the online learning environment. Satisfied students are likely to continue their studies and succeed academically. Overall, student engagement is a critical approach to keep students in the program until graduation. In this paper, a quantitative study investigates student engagement and student satisfaction in an online undergraduate program in health care administration. The aim of this study is to investigate the levels of student engagement from the first-year and senior-year students as well as the correlation between student engagement and student satisfaction. As it is expected, the results derived from this study espouse the discoveries from a myriad of previous research studies. Recommendations, limitations, and future research are also discussed.
Student Engagement, Student Satisfaction, Student Retention, Online Learning
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Hwangji Lu, Online Learning: The Meanings of Student Engagement, Education Journal. Vol. 9, No. 3, 2020, pp. 73-79. doi: 10.11648/
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