Identifying At-risk Students in Videoconferencing and Web-based Distance Education

V. Osborn


Based on the multivariate framework of student attrition developed by leading researcher, this study centers on a method of assessing the ability of a student to complete a distance learning course. Focuses on construction and validation of a survey instrument to identify at-risk students enrolled in Web-based and videoconferencing courses.



This dissertation explores what indicators are posed by students who successfully complete online coursework. This question is spurred as a result of the high attrition rate of students participating in distance education. While predictable variables indicate academic success such as GPA and credit hours taken in a semester, previous experience with online and distance education also influences completion of distance and online courses.

APA Citation

Osborn, V. (2001). Identifying at – risk students in videoconferencing and web-based distance education. The American Journal of Distance Education, 15(1), 41–54.

About the Study

Links to Article
Mode Online
Publication Type Dissertation
In Publication The American Journal of Distance Education
Type of Research Quantitative
Research Design Action research, Survey research (qualitative or quantitative)
Intervention/Areas of Study
Level of Analysis Student-level
Specific Populations Examined Undergraduates
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest
Specific Course or Program Characteristics
Outcome Variables of Interest Academic achievement or performance, including assessment scores and course grades, Course completion, Degree attainment, Persistence, Retention
Student Sample Size 500 +
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