E-Learning, E-Education, and Online Training. Second International Conference, eLEOT 2015, Novedrate, Italy, September 16-18, 2015, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Student Engagement in an Online Environment: Are We Trying to Mimic Contact Education? A South African Perspective

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-28883-3_9,
        author={Sunet Eybers and Apostolos Giannakopoulos},
        title={Student Engagement in an Online Environment: Are We Trying to Mimic Contact Education? A South African Perspective},
        proceedings={E-Learning, E-Education, and Online Training. Second International Conference, eLEOT 2015, Novedrate, Italy, September 16-18, 2015, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ELEOT},
        year={2016},
        month={1},
        keywords={Student engagement Graduation rates Attrition eLearning Open Distance Learning},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-28883-3_9}
    }
    
  • Sunet Eybers
    Apostolos Giannakopoulos
    Year: 2016
    Student Engagement in an Online Environment: Are We Trying to Mimic Contact Education? A South African Perspective
    ELEOT
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28883-3_9
Sunet Eybers1,*, Apostolos Giannakopoulos1,*
  • 1: University of South Africa
*Contact email: sunet.eybers@yahoo.com, gianna@unisa.ac.za

Abstract

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that human contact can never be replaced 100 % by any other means. When it comes to higher education it is not different. Graduation rates at contact institutions are higher than distance learning institutions. It is equally true that since the inception of distance education the assumption has been that the greater the duplication of contact education the greater the chance of success. Although the content could be identical in both modes of delivering education, and the difference is contact versus non-contact from there on the differences exceed the similarities.