Monday, February 16, 2015

Report: Distance Education Is Here to Stay - COLIN WOOD, Center for Digital Education

A new survey shows that while not all higher education faculty like distance learning, it has become entrenched and is part of education throughout the nation. Distance education is almost done with its growing pains. Growth in the sector is slowing and nearing a plateau, having established itself as a regular part of education throughout the nation. Distance education students increased 3.7 percent year-over-year, which is the lowest rate of increase in 13 years, according to a 2014 report titled Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States, released Feb. 5. Babson Survey Research Group Co-Director Jeff Seaman says “I think we’re almost there, it’s no longer experimental.” Perhaps one of the most telling numbers for the future of distance education is that 74 percent of academic leaders said they think distance education is comparable or superior to face-to-face learning.

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