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The 2013 Survey Of Online Learning

Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 12.18.33 PMRecently, the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson released the results of a survey about online learning. The report was based on responses from over 2,800 academic leaders and found that over 7.1 million higher ed students are learning online. The study aimed to a number of questions central to the nature and extent of online education:

  • Is online learning strategic?
  • Are learning outcomes comparable in online settings and face to face settings?
  • How many students are learning online?
  • How are MOOCs faring?
  • Do students require more discipline to complete online courses?
  • Is retention of students harder in online courses?
  • What is the future of online learning?
  • Who offers MOOCs?
  • What are the objectives of MOOCs?
  • What role do MOOCs play for higher education institutions?

The Findings

(note: Please click here for a PDF of the full findings of the report)

The report quantified many things that those involved in education already knew (or at least, suspected). Participation in online learning is increasing. Learning outcomes are largely positive. Interestingly, what this study does show is something that I hadn’t quite expected – that many of the numbers that had been continually rising over the past years were starting to show a slight decline. For example, the proportion of chief academic leaders that say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy dropped from 69.1 percent to 65.9 percent. Many believe that MOOCs are not a sustainable form of online learning for higher education institutions to pursue.

Online Enrollments are still growing.

Online Enrollments are still growing


Fewer leaders think that online education is critical to their mission

Fewer leaders think that online education is critical to their mission


The future of online learning looks promising

  • Over 7.1 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2012 term, an increase of 411,000 students over the previous year.
  • The online enrollment growth rate of 6.1 percent is the lowest recorded for this report series.
  • Thirty-three percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.
  • The percent of academic leaders rating the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face grew from 57.2 in 2003 to 77.0 percent last year, but fell back to 74.1 percent this year.
  • The proportion of chief academic leaders that say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy dropped from 69.1 percent to 65.9 percent.
  • Ninety percent of academic leaders believe that it is likely or very likely that a majority of all higher education students will be taking at least one online course in five year’s time.
  • Only 5.0 percent of higher education institutions currently offer a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), another 9.3 percent report MOOCs are in the planning stages.
  • Less than one-quarter of academic leaders believe that MOOCs represent a sustainable method for offering online courses.

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How 3 Teachers Are Shaking Up Online Learning

online-learningNot too long ago, Pearson (the ginormous education company – yes it’s a technical term) put out a few really interesting videos about teachers who are shaking up online learning. They’re talking about innovation in online learning – and not the innovation that has driven new technologies. They’re talking about the type of innovation that changes how teachers teach, how learners learn, and how information is delivered and processed.

Each of the educators in the videos below have a unique approach to educating students in their virtual classrooms. Their video testimonials are inspiring, so check them out. Are you an online educator who is shaking up online learning? Tell us how in the comments!

Flipping The Online Classroom

For Meredith Carpenter of Haywood Community College, and countless educators like her, “innovation” is more than just a buzzword. Innovation is central to her vision, critical to her mission, and something she embraces every day. Hear from Meredith Carpenter about how flipping her classroom has helped her to prepare students for the realities of owning a business.

Creating Community Online

For Steve Lurenz of Mesa Community College, building community means more than just meeting with his class in an online forum. Community is central to his vision of giving students a shared understanding and appreciation of the importance of the history they study. Hear why Steve Lurenz believes building community is the key to successful online learning.

Changing Lives Online

For Tom Stoudt, online learning is about more than just teaching from a textbook…it’s about teaching students to save lives. As the founder of Hero’s Academy, the only online EMT training program in his state, Tom is truly a pioneer, and works hard to help students achieve their dreams of working in the emergency medical field.

PearsoNing: Education Communities On Ning Now Free

Pearson, the education services company, has just announced it is sponsoring all U.S. Ning Mini groups that are educational in nature. Any teacher or network creator can now apply to have a Pearson-sponsored network and will be able to freely use a Ning Mini network when approved. Of course, the network will have some Pearson branding on it. Where a network would show that it is a “Ning” hosted network, will now indicate that it is a “Ning hosted Network Sponsored By Pearson.” Clicking on this icon will take you to a Pearson network on Ning’s platform.

From PRWeb: From pre-k through college, more and more educators, parents and students are gravitating to social media networks to share their frustrations and ask for help, offer solutions to their colleagues, or just plain get validation of their efforts to improve student outcomes. Ning (www.Ning.com) has become the platform of choice by educators everywhere. As Ning transitions to its new offerings and pricing model in July, these education networks will be able to stay online – free – thanks to sponsorship by the education services and technology company Pearson.

Ning.com currently hosts 6,500 K-12 and 2,100 Higher Ed social networks. They run the gamut from Ning Networks designed for novice teachers, or for teachers of specific subject areas, to individual school and alumni networks and those where teachers offer help to students outside of the classroom, just to name a few.

For example, Silvia Knittel created the Prime Sheet Network (http://primesheet.ning.com) as a place for juniors and seniors in high school to interact on their fine arts writing assignments. In addition to feedback from the teacher and access to homework assignments, professional writers regularly sign-in to provide real-world mentorship and advice to the students.

“With so many issues swirling around for teachers today, we recognize that they are hungry for peer-to-peer contact and feedback,” said Pearson Senior Vice President for Business Development Gary June. “Underwriting the costs of these Ning Networks is one way that Pearson can provide support for their commitment and dedication to improve teaching and learning.” He added, “As we are increasingly embracing social media across virtually all aspects of life, we want to help in that critical area of keeping the dialogue among teachers, students and parents wide open.”

“Education Network Creators on Ning represent some of the most vibrant examples of the collaborative power of Ning,” said Ning CEO, Jason Rosenthal. “Pearson is the leader in online education globally, so we are delighted that they share our view of the importance of social technologies for education and are sponsoring these networks to continue to provide an opportunity for everyone interested in education to have a voice.”

“Using Ning in my writing classroom has changed my teaching more than any single thing I have ever done,” said Silvia Knittel. “I am so thankful to Ning and Pearson for creating this educational tool and allowing educators to continue to have free access to our network. It’s a fantastic teaching resource.”

Under the Pearson sponsorship of Ning’s education networks, existing participants will have the opportunity to opt-in to the program and maintain seamless uninterrupted access for everyone to their networks; new education networks joining will also be able to enjoy Ning’s robust features free of charge.

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education services, technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearsoned.com.

About Ning
Ning is the leading online platform for the world’s organizers, activists and influencers to create social experiences that inspire action. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Ning offers an easy-to-use service that enables people to create custom branded social networks. With more than 300,000 active Ning Networks created across politics, entertainment, small business, non-profits, education and more, millions of people every day are coming together across Ning to connect around the topics they are passionate about. Ning was co-founded in October 2004 by Chairman Marc Andreessen and Gina Bianchini and is privately held. For more information, visit www.ning.com.