Online Learning Update

February 15, 2016

Survey: Even as Online Course Enrollment Rises, Institutional Support Shrinks

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Even as online course registrations continue to rise, fewer academic leaders consider online learning critical to their “long-term” strategies or rate the learning outcomes in online education as equal or superior to face-to-face instruction, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group. This year’s Survey of Online Learning was sponsored by Pearson, the Online Learning Consortium, StudyPortals, Tyton Partners and the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. While the number of students taking at least one online course was just 3.9 percent higher in 2015 than the previous year, private nonprofit schools saw a major uptick: a growth of 11.3 percent. Private for-profit institutions, on the other hand, saw distance enrollments shrink by 2.8 percent.

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