Concordia learning software could improve high school dropout rate

November 29, 2013

A team of researchers from Concordia University has developed an online tool that facilitates learning and teaching, and that could help improve high school dropout rates. The Electronic Portfolio Encouraging Active and Reflective Learning, or ePEARL, is bilingual, online software that encourages self-regulated learning in students. It provides electronic tools that allow students to take control of and evaluate their own learning and behaviour. The ePEARL software comes in versions for students from kindergarten through high school, and for adult learners and educators. The creators are actively collaborating with 5 school boards in Quebec. Canada's high school dropout rate has declined steadily, according to Concordia, reaching a low of 7.8% in 2011-12. However, Quebec has lagged behind; according to a recent poll published for the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, 25% of 20-year-old Quebecers do not have a high school diploma. Concordia News Release