Causal Model of the influence of locus of control and learning strategies along with intermediation of satisfaction and flow experience on learner s retention in online learning environment

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This study aimed to study the intermediation role of satisfaction and flow experience in relationship with locus of control, learning strategies on learner retention in online learning courses. The present study In terms of purpose, Applied- Quantitative and In terms of data collection, descriptive and Correlation type and In particular based on path analysis. The population of this study include of the all of the students who passed an online distance education course in postgraduate center of Payamenoor university. In total, 275 students were selected as sample size in the proportionate stratified random method. The tools used in this study were. Locus of control (Levy, 2007), flow experience (Shin, 2006), satisfaction (Bures, Abrami, and Amundsen, 2000 and Shin, 2003), online student retention (shin, 2003) and learning strategies (Somuncuoglu and Yildirim,199). The results showed that the, internal academic locus of control has a signification effect on satisfaction, flow experience and student retention. On the other hand, flow experience had the most impact on student retention and also was effective on student satisfaction. Satisfaction was effective on retention. Learning strategies had a positive impact on, flow experience, too. All of the direct and indirect effects and total impacts was statistically significant


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