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E-Learning Still Hot

November 9, 2006

Check out this great article about how hot e-learning still is. Interesting points:

  • one in six students enrolled in higher education took at least one online course last fall, an increase of nearly 40 percent.
  • “many universities are investing heavily in online learning, hoping the model will prove more economical than traditional classes, thus expanding their reach.”
  • About half of the students who took an online class are pursuing online degrees. The other half are mixing in-class courses with online ones.
  • 62 percent of chief academic officers said they felt students learned as well or better from online courses as they did in face-to-face ones.
  • However, many said they aren’t certain online learning will be more widely adopted. Among the obstacles: online courses take more time and effort to prepare

That’s why they need people like myself.

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  1. I think the drivers behind the growth of on-line learning need to be understood. Is it equal or better than the traditional classroom or is it just a convenience in terms of travel, work schedules, comfortable environment (your home or apartment), etc? At first, it seems to be a more sterile form of learning since there is less direct interaction with fellow classmates and the instructor. On the other hand, the student can learn and absorb at their own pace. I really don’t know if on-line learning process is better or worse or good supplement to the classroom. I see growth statistics, but no solid research on reasons users (students, educational institutions) choose this method of learning over current alternatives. Like any new technology, the market drivers fueling the growth and acceptance of that technology should be understood. This understanding is essential in developing and enhancing the technology to meet the needs of the students, faculties responsible for ensuring educational quality and institutions wishing to expand their enrollment and revenue. Anything less is guesswork and shooting in the dark when it comes to developing on-line programs and offerings – a very cumbersome, excessively time consuming, wasteful and error filled route to developing this technology.


  2. Is it equal or better than the traditional classroom

    Generally speaking, it’s equal if done right.

    is it just a convenience in terms of travel, work schedules, comfortable environment

    “Just”? Those are huge benefits, allowing institutions to expand their markets and educate people who they would not otherwise be able to reach. And giving educational opportunities to people who otherwise would not have them. (As in rural RNs getting masters degrees online through a terrific urban university like Marquette.)

    I really don’t know if on-line learning process is better or worse or good supplement to the classroom.

    There’s lots of data on distance-ed that indicates it’s just as good in terms of educational outcomes. As a supplement? My experience says it can make good education better – again, if done right.

    The reasons people want online educations are fairly well understood: students want increased convenience, choice and opportunity, while institutions want to expand their markets, and often to minimize the overhead of physical classroom infrastructure.


  3. The reasons people want online educations are fairly well understood: students want increased convenience, choice and opportunity, while institutions want to expand their markets, and often to minimize the overhead of physical classroom infrastructure.

    Sounds like a win – win situation to me. Especially “if is done right.”

    Mind if I link to this over at Space & Identity?



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