Relationship quality in higher distance education: Dutch students' perspectives

Robert Karl Van Karnenbeek*, Ingrid Snijders, L. Wijnia

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Good relationships between students and educational institutions have a positive influence on student involvement and the prevention of student drop-out. However, research is scarce on how students in higher distance education experience the quality of the relationships with their educational institution. This study aims to gain insight into students’ their relationship quality using an online critical incident technique. Students’ positive (n = 107) and negative (n = 86) incidents were collected from a Dutch higher distance university (N = 108). Results showed positive experiences, e.g., supervision, competence development, and negative experiences, e.g., uncertainty of students learning expectations, irritation towards their supervisors, long reaction time on tasks/feedback on assignments. This study provides practical and theoretical implications for higher distance learning.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023
EventAmerican Educational Research Association 2023 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 13 Apr 202316 Apr 2023


ConferenceAmerican Educational Research Association 2023
Abbreviated titleAERA 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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