In online education, using high-quality simulation software can improve student achievement, motivation, and graduation rates more effectively compared with other teaching approaches, according to a Penn State researcher.

"Online learning environments have been plagued with student motivational problems, leading to high dropout rates," said Brian Cameron, instructor at Penn State's School of Information Sciences and Technology, whose findings suggest simulations may counter the low student satisfaction and motivation rates now prevalent in many online education programs.

The need for effective teaching tools in an online environment is underscored by a

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