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
PLEASE NOTE: The browser checker link has been updated! It has been changed in the Bb tab resources as well, however if you have the old link in your syllabus it will show up as broken. Find that new link here: https://dlwebapp.tri-c.edu/BrowserChecker/. Shout out to Professor Catanese for the suggestion!
This link was provided in the 8/22/14 blog update for start of term. It is also current on the Blackboard tab for students and faculty.
With thanks – Sasha
Lately, we have had some questions about Blackboard’s Global Navigation features. Check out the video and link below for some refresher information on this tool in Blackboard.
If you ever have any Blackboard questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 216-987-4257 or eLiFacultySupport@tri-c.edu
Faculty and Students are advised not to use Internet Explorer 11 to access Blackboard at this time. Microsoft released an update to IE11 on February 11 that can cause the web browser either to crash or become unresponsive when accessing Blackboard course sites. The Office of eLearning & Innovation is working with ITS and Blackboard to address the issue. Additional updates will be posted to the blog as soon as they are available. In the meantime, anybody who uses Internet Explorer 11 is encouraged to use an alternate browser such as Firefox or Chrome.