Online college laboratory courses: Can they be done and will they affect graduation and retention rates?

  • Eddy van Hunnik Carolina Distance Learning
Keywords: Remote laboratory, online laboratory, higher education, online education, digital education, retention, graduation, online faculty, online students

Abstract

Online education has been steadily growing during the last decade. This growth has mainly taken place in the non-laboratory science fields. This essay describes some of the best practices to increase and maintain student retention, increase student engagement and increase graduation rates for college running online laboratory science courses. This article further discusses how to run successful, hands-on laboratory courses for your online students. The most common issues are being discussed and what can be done to provide the students with the same hands-on experience online as what they would experience in a more traditional classroom setting.

DOI: 10.18870/hlrc.v5i4.289

Author Biography

Eddy van Hunnik, Carolina Distance Learning
Distance Learning Specialist

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Published
2015-12-31
How to Cite
van Hunnik, E. (2015). Online college laboratory courses: Can they be done and will they affect graduation and retention rates?. Higher Learning Research Communications, 5(4). https://doi.org/10.18870/hlrc.v5i4.289
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Invited Essays