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Online learning – after 15 years of hype – is now recognized as a viable solution to some rather complex problems facing universities – see Online Campus could solve many of U of California’s problems. Moving courses, programs, or even entire departments online should be justified by: a) better quality learning, b) increased access for learners, c) reduction of costs/increased revenue. As is too often the case, the catalyst for interest is economic, not the potential for improving learning. But, as Staying the Course emphasizes, online learning continues to grow at a faster rate than on-campus enrollment.

2 Comments

  1. Glen Gatin wrote:

    U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development. (2009). Evaluation of evidence-based practices in online learning: A meta-analysis and review of online learning studies (p. 93). Meta-analysis, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development and Program Studies Service. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/tech/evidence-based-practices/finalreport.pdf.

    Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 10:22 am | Permalink
  2. Gerry wrote:

    I am not sure that moving courses online has saved any money. It is often thought that instructors can handle many more students in the online environment – it’s not true. It’s likely that instructors can practically deal with ever fewer students in an online environment – at least students who require credentials for participating.

    Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 9:46 am | Permalink