The 11th annual survey and report of online learning in U.S. higher education was recently released:
“Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States”*
Background: From previous studies and reports of online learning in the US, there is a strong belief that online education is a critical component of post-secondary education institutions’ long-term strategy. In surveying a number of higher education entities, it is apparent that the development in online learning has shown a small but steady increases over the past decade. This report also teases out how PSE institutions are providing online education – blended, hybrid, and others as they experiment with different models of online learning pedagogy.
The respondents from more than 2,800 post-secondary education institutions in the US, attempted to answer the following overarching questions about online learning in higher ed:
- Is Online Learning Strategic?
- Are Learning Outcomes in Online Comparable to Face-to-Face Learning?
- How Many Students are Learning Online?
- How are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) faring?
Key findings and highlights from the report:
- Around 5.5
(NOT 7.1)million higher education students are taking at least 1 online course (Read more: HERE and HERE)
- The % of academic leaders rating the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those as in face-to-face instruction, grew from 57% in 2003 to 74% in 2013
- The 6.1 % growth rate represents over 400,000 additional students taking at least 1 online course
- The number of students taking at least 1 online course continued to grow at a rate far in excess of overall enrollments, but the rate was the lowest in a decade
- 90% of academic leaders believe that it is likely or very likely that a majority of all higher education students will be taking at least one online course in 5 year’s time
- Only 5 % of higher education institutions currently offer a MOOC, another 9.3 % report MOOCs are in the planning stages
- Less than one-quarter of academic leaders believe that MOOCs represent a sustainable method for offering online courses
For more on the study design, survey administration, analysis, and report production, check out The BABSON Survey Research Group: http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/
*The survey is designed, administered and analyzed by the BABSON Survey Research Group, with data collection conducted in partnership with the College Board, and is sponsored in part by Pearson and the Sloan Consortium.
Update – 1/19/14 @ 6:45 pm:
It appears the BABSON survey numbers seem to be off from the IPEDS data for students who have completed online courses – 7.1 vs. 5.5 million. Thanks for the update, Kevin. Here’s a useful article to read.