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The Use of Deep Learning Strategies in Online Business Courses to Impact Student Retention

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American Journal of Business Education Volume 3, Number 12, ISSN 1942-2504


Interest, application and understanding--these are key elements in successful online classroom experiences and all part of what is commonly referred to as deep learning. Deep learning occurs when students are able to connect with course topics, find value in them and see how to apply them to real-world situations. Asynchronous discussion forums in business courses offer excellent opportunities for instructors to promote deep learning and, thereby, positively impact retention rates. Instructional strategies that encourage deeper thought and further consideration of course topics not only lead to robust discussions but also to heightened student interest and motivation levels. This paper presents a review of deep learning strategies, explains how they can be successfully incorporated into asynchronous course discussions and highlights several critical connections between deep learning and increased student retention.


DeLotell, P.J., Millam, L.A. & Reinhardt, M.M. (2010). The Use of Deep Learning Strategies in Online Business Courses to Impact Student Retention. American Journal of Business Education, 3(12), 49-56. Retrieved June 4, 2020 from .

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