"After two years of hype about massive open online courses, academic leaders' expectations of all of online education have taken a small but remarkable step back."
I'm not surprised. I've never been a fan of MOOCs and have always expressed concern about their quality. And, the fall out from MOOCs shouldn't impact the rest of the field, but we still have the problem of seeing online courses as a singleton. But: all online courses are not alike, and reading the report on the survey, its clear that the overall concern about MOOCs is painting all online with a bad image.
But that lead missed other important points in the report.
This survey also reveals that in 2013:
- 7.1 million of higher education students are taking at least one online course.
- The 6.1 % growth rate represents over 400,000 additional students taking at least one online course.
- The percent 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 number of students taking at least one online course continued to grow at a rate far in excess of overall enrollments, but the rate was the lowest in a decade.