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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