“Learning at a Distance” Continues to Rise

As we close one semester and look forward to a new calendar year, it seems like a choice time to look at trends in online learning. Whether you serve students at a community college, regional campus, main campus, or a strictly online university, you’ve probably noticed a rise in the number of online courses being offered. On a broader level, the The National Center for Education Statistics report regarding the growth of online education indicates that the percentage of undergraduates enrolled in at least one online class went from 8 percent to 20 percent between 2000 & 2008. The report seeks answers to three questions:

  1. What percentage of 2007–08 undergraduates repdi orted enrollment in a stance education course and a distance education degree program and have these percentages changed over time?
  2. Did 2007–08 under-graduates’ reported participation in a distance education course or degree program vary by field of study, degree sought, or type of institution?
  3. Did 2007–08 under-graduates’ reported participation in a distance education course or degree program differ by age, dependents, marital status, work responsibilities, or student disability status?

You can see the full report at nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012154.pdf (pdf). How does your institution compare? Four years later, how is the report similar/different from the trends we’ve seen in 2011 and may be anticipating in 2012? Hmmmm….

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About Kathleen

I'm the Coordinator of Information Services at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, which means I'm the faculty liaison responsible for library instruction, the library's web presence, services for off-campus & distance students, collection development & management for all subject areas, and providing both f2f & virtual reference assistance. I don't get bored.
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