Online Learning Update

August 15, 2017

Study: Alternative credentials here to stay, but evidence of ROI ‘thin’ #elearning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

A new study from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences examines the growing field of alternative credentials and pathway options for academic degrees, including MOOCs and online micro-credentials, labor market training programs, and competency-based education programs and certificate programs. ¬†The number of alternative degree options has increased drastically over the last 15 years. These programs are popular because they can be flexible, time-saving and more aligned with employer-desired skills than traditional postsecondary pathways. However, the study also shows that evidence of their actual efficacy and quality assurance is thin.¬†Though traditional postsecondary degrees are likely to maintain their value, they are already adapting to incorporate alternative characteristics, like online learning. The study’s authors urge higher education stakeholders to research alternative options, and consider whether and how they are offering students significant return on investment, Campus Technology reports.

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