Survey Shows Lowest Growth Rate For Online Courses
Career College Central summary:
A newly released Babson study recorded the lowest growth surge in students who took at least one online college course in a given year in almost a decade of surveys, while the higher education adoption of Massive Online Open Courses remains low.
Despite the courses’ continued popular enrollment, it was found that only 7.1 million people took 1 online course or more — about a 6 percent increase from the year before. Although the study did record continued growth, this 6 percent increase is the lowest ever recorded. 36.5 percent in 2005 was the highest.
Jaclyn Reiss of Boston.com reported that some academic leaders are also growing wary of online learning’s place at their institutions: 74 percent of officials thought the online courses were the same or superior to face-to-face classes, a drop from last year’s 77 percent. The number of leaders who said they see virtual learning as part of their long-term plan fell from 69 percent to 65 percent.
In contrast to the slowed rate of growth and dropped percentage of opinion, there was an all-time high recorded by the study — 33 percent of higher education students have taken at least one online course compared to 9 percent recorded in 2002.
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