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Online Learning: Experience Matters

by Laurie Isenberg, Director of Community & Continuing Education, Pacific School of Religion | Students who have successfully adjusted to online learning through preparation or experience are measurably more successful. Mac Adkins notes in a blog post, “’We really need to hold the hands of students who are new to online learning.’ <!--break--> If we can closely support them and help them persist past that second online course, then the learning curve for eLearning levels out. This fact is perhaps a partial explanation of the higher dropout rates for new online students which was cited (albeit inappropriately) in the New York Times editorial.”  See full article from WCET at


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