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Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks — Volume 18, Issue 1 – April 2014

May 22, 2014 Comments off

Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks — Volume 18, Issue 1 – April 2014
Source: Sloan Consortium
Issue includes:

+ A National Study of Training Content and Activities for Faculty Development for Online Teaching
Katrina A. Meyer, University of Memphis
Vicki S. Murrell, University of Memphis

+ A Study of Personal Information Management Strategies for Online Faculty
Lorna R. Kearns, University of Pittsburgh
Barbara A. Frey, University of Pittsburgh
Christinger Tomer, University of Pittsburgh
Susan Alman, San Jose State University

+ An Analysis of the Cost and Cost-Effectiveness of Faculty Development for Online Teaching
Katrina A. Meyer, University of Memphis

+ A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of Teaching Presence within Online Professional Development
Melinda G. Miller, United States Air Force Academy
Debbie L. Hahs-Vaughn, University of Central Florida
Vicky Zygouris-Coe, University of Central Florida

+ Thematic Analysis of the “Games” Students Play in Asynchronous Learning Environments
Thalia MacMillan, Empire State College
Michele Forte, SUNY Empire State College
Cynthia Grant, Concordia University Chicago

+ Investigating Asynchronous Online Communication: A Connected Stance Revealed
Susan J Wegmann, Baptist College of Florida
Joyce K. McCauley, Sam Houston State University

+ Applying a Model of Communicative Influence in Education in Closed Online and Offline Courses
Caleb T. Carr, Illinois State University

+ How Much “Group” is there in Online Group Work?
Susan Lowes, Ph.D., Institute for Learning Technologies

+ Comparing Student Performance in Online and Face-to-face Delivery Modalities
Jeffrey L. Helms, Kennesaw State University

+ Round One? Judge Issues Rulings in Long-awaited Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Georgia State University*
Linda K. Enghagen, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States

January 10, 2013 Comments off

Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States

Source: Sloan Consortium

The 2012 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group reveals the number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 6.7 million. Higher education adoption of Massive Open Online Courses remains low, with most institutions still on the sidelines.

Key report findings include:

  • Over 6.7 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2011 term, an increase of 570,000 students over the previous year.
  • Thirty-two percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.
  • Only 2.6 percent of higher education institutions currently have a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), another 9.4 percent report MOOCs are in the planning stages.
  • Academic leaders remain unconvinced that MOOCs represent a sustainable method for offering online courses, but do believe they provide an important means for institutions to learn about online pedagogy.
  • Seventy-seven percent of academic leaders rate the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face classes.
  • The proportion of chief academic officers who believe their faculty accept the value and legitimacy of online education has not increased – it now stands at only 30.2 percent.
  • The proportion of chief academic leaders who say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy is at a new high of 69.1 percent.
  • The perception of a majority of chief academic officers at all types of institutions is lower retention rates for online courses remain a barrier to the growth of online instruction.

Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011

November 26, 2011 Comments off

Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011
Source: Sloan Consortium

The 2011 Survey of Online Learning reveals that the number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 6 million. Now nearly one-third of all students in higher education are taking at least one online course.

Key report findings include:

  • Over 6.1 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2010 term, an increase of 560,000 students over the previous year.
  • The 10% growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population.
  • Thirty-one percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.
  • Reported year-to-year enrollment changes for fully online programs by discipline show most are growing.
  • Academic leaders believe that the level of student satisfaction is equivalent for online and face-to-face courses.
  • 65% of higher education institutions now say that online learning is a critical part of their long-term strategy.
  • There continues to be a consistent minority of academic leaders concerned that the quality of online instruction is not equal to courses delivered face-to-face.

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