As Drop-out Rates Increase For Online Learners, Thomson Learning Reveals The Recipe For Online Learning Success

Diagnostic Tool Created to Assess the Strengths and Weaknesses of Online Learners

Thomson Delmar Learning, the leading provider of lifelong learning products and services, announces a new online assessment program designed to increase the success of distance learning education for students enrolled in full academic online programs as well as those taking as little as single course. Your Online Learning Success Plan (YOLSP), provides diagnostic information to help students identify learning strengths and weaknesses as well as offers tips that are intended to improve online course performance.

Nearly two-thirds of instructors agree the critical barrier for student success is discipline, which can be addressed through targeted programs based on YOLSP report results [1]. Recently, online student drop-out rates have soared as high as 50% [1]. Utilizing YOLSP, instructors and administrators can access aggregate student population responses or view individual student reports in order to impact course curriculums and maximize learning outcomes. The 30 diagnostic questions offer personalized suggestions and tailored success plans for students.

“Online and distance-learning programs have become a critically important component in the learning landscape of higher education and lifelong learning institutions. Your Online Learning Success Plan helps students achieve maximum academic results and enables instructors to help this growing market by tailoring curriculum to student needs,” said Gerard McAvey for Thomson Delmar Learning. “Students truly benefit from this ground-breaking program by learning their individual strengths and weaknesses and developing learning habits and behaviors based on those assessments.”

YOLSP was developed in response to meet the needs and challenges of the ever-growing population of online courses and distance-learning programs. In the fall of 2005, more than 318 million students were enrolled in an online course [1]. Additionally, nearly 60% of chief academic officers say distance learning is vital to the long-term success of their respective institutions [1].

Your Online Learning Success Plan can supplement any textbook within any discipline that offers online courses, or as a standalone option. List price for YOLSP is $13.25.

Key features of the program:

  • Online-based product available anytime, anywhere
  • Highly personalized: students are prompted to develop personal goals and solutions to learning barriers
  • Directly assesses the potential advantages and challenges of each student, providing a quick read on strategies to aid academic success
  • Results for students are saved for administrators and advisors to analyze both individual and aggregate data

[1] “E-learning: Successes and Failures,” Chronicle of Higher Education. January 2007.

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