Online College Ed: Hot Hot Hot
Since 2007, the number of students taking online courses has grown 17% (according to the Sloan Survey of Online Learning as reported by Yahoo). Perhaps the Swine Flu can be attributed to some of the growth glory: Many schools (two-thirds of those surveyed) have a contingency plan set up that they threw into action in the case of an outbreak.
Of particular interest to us at the lab is the finding that faculty acceptance of online ed has remained the same as it was 2002. From the article: “Fewer than one third of chief academic officers--meaning provosts, deans, and the like--believe their faculty accepts the value and legitimacy of online education, the report says.” Yikes. Me thinks they should ease into the spirit by creating hybrid courses, which mix traditional and online learning; for example, alternating between in class sessions one week and online classes the next. Here’s the argument for that: “A new analysis of existing online-learning research by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) reveals that students who took all or part of their class on line performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction (source).”