In the previous section you conducted a brief investigation of what learners want in terms of flexibility. In addition there has been a great deal of research conducted into flexible options in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Sector within Australia and internationally.
Learners are fairly consistent in their demands. A recent survey of students by OTEN (2003) investigated what learners wanted from their organisation was:
These needs from learners could very easily be relevant in a classroom situation, however retention rates in distance based or online courses have traditionally been lower than on-campus delivery modes (ref). If a student completes a course, whether online, classroom or print based distance learning, the actual pass rates are not substantially different. Trigger points when students are likely to leave a course include when the first assignment is due. (REF)
Your investigation of your learners and your experiences as a teacher will help you as you consider learner needs.