Online Learning Update

July 30, 2014

College Presidents: Hybrid Will Have Bigger Impact than MOOCs

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

At the top of the list of innovations that will have a positive impact are hybrid courses, chosen by 81 percent of respondents, and adaptive learning, selected by 61 percent. While a large majority of surveyed colleges offer hybrid courses, only 41 percent of the presidents said they believe their faculty get enough support in rethinking how to teach their courses in the blended or hybrid format. In the future, warned a third of respondents, it’s possible that only the “wealthy” will be able to get the “immersive, in-person experience” available at elite colleges; everyone else can expect the lower-cost mostly online experience. While presidents said that right now most attention is given to the changes wrought by the cutting of costs and the use of technology and online tools, the emphasis should actually be on changes to the model of teaching and learning.

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