There were no major surprises in Educause’s 2017 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology. For four years running, the number of students preferring a blended learning environment that includes “some to mostly online components” has increased and those preferring a face-to-face only learning environment has continued to decline.
Online education programs are seeing steady growth, though lower tuition and the use of innovative technologies and tools seem to be lagging.
I was surprised by the tone and conclusions of the recent opinion piece by Jing Liu, ” It’s Time to Ask Why Online Learning Isn’t Working,” published in “Inside Digital Learning.” Perhaps online learning is struggling at major universities — after all, there is an obsession to turn online learning into profit centers, right?
Virtual schools are expected to grow at an annual rate of 12.8 percent during the next four years. Nearly one million students currently participate in some form of online learning, with more than 25 virtual schools providing services in various states across the country.
Open education is particularly characterized by the removal of restrictions, exclusions and privileges; by the accreditation of students’ previous experience; by the flexibility of the management of the time variable; and by substantial changes in the traditional relationship between professors and students.
Ambar presses her hand to her forehead, nose crinkled in concentration as she considers the question on her screen: how many sevens in 91? The ten-year-old has been grappling with it for about a minute when she smiles: “13!”.
By Carol A. Ribeiro I was recently reminded that almost ALL instruction today has an online component. I was speaking with a colleague who decided to tackle what I would consider to be a complex plumbing project at home simply by reviewing online “how to” videos.
Dimensional Learning Solutions has interactive online courses that allow students, their parents, schools and organizations to “learn by doing.” Find out more and view courses here. Gone are the days of digital textbooks and lectures. There are approximately 2.7 million students enrolled in online courses in the U.S.
This article was written by Craig Savage Universities are traditionally seen as exclusive institutions for the few, not the many. But that is changing as a new wave of online courses throws open the doors of academia to all. Led by world renowned American institutions like MIT and Harvard, this push to democratise learning is being taken up in Australia too.