The new Babson Study – Tracking Online Education in the United States, indicates that over 70% of Chief Academic Officers say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy. Even more, 74.1%, rated learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to face-to-face courses.
Online is still growing at a much greater rate than face-to-face college enrollments. There was a 3.7% increase in the number of distance education students, which accounts for almost 75% of all enrollment growth in higher education in the US. That includes in the average a 7.9% decrease in online enrollments at for profit colleges. At public colleges, the percentage of growth is even higher – 4.6%.
What concerns remain? Only 28% of academic leaders believe that their faculty accept the “value and legitimacy” of online education.
Retention and success metrics remain a persistent challenge, though many studies including the US DOE’s own research, has concluded that online courses are as effective as face-to-face courses. Community College students face specific challenges in online courses, with retention rates lower across the board.
Tri-C students who take one or more online course graduate in greater percentages than those who do not, a trend that has been widening over the past few years.
Find the full Babson report here: http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/survey-reports-2014/
Find the accompanying infographic here: http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/report/2014SurveyInfo.pdf
You may have heard a lot of buzz about colleges responding to the need to provide credit for prior learning experiences – like work experience or informal learning. The idea is that these real-world experiences that students (mostly adult learners) have had should be looked on as skill development and information acquisition and application – just like college classes. It seems to make sense, so why is there all this controversy surrounding it?
Anything that makes major changes in the way the educational system works is often controversial when first proposed. In the new world of education that we’re moving towards, perhaps it won’t be so foreign.
Check out these links and gather your own conclusions:
College Credit Without College from Inside Higher Ed
Check out this article on Prior Learning Assessment from Wikipedia
This is American Council on Education’s page on PLA.
This article – also from Higher Ed – focuses on MOOCs and college credit.
This study, reported on by the CollegeBoard, shares how a new study reveals students with PLA do much better in college.
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Signing off from one edupunk to another – Sasha
Here’s an interesting map from the folks over at Mashable. It lists the top autocomplete suggestion when you type a state’s name into Google. The one for Ohio may not be surprising, but who could have predicted Nevada’s? Does anything on the map surprise you?