E-learning on the rise

  • tags: survey results NACCE elearning increasing trend

      • Of course eLearning is on the rise!  If you’re a non-traditional student like me, it’s obvious.  I couldn’t be getting a PhD while raising two small children and engaging in a challenging career if it wasn’t for online and hybrid courses.  
    • ​E-learning is a growing trend at community colleges, according to survey results from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and Hewlett-Packard (HP).

    • E-learning is already used at 47 percent of community colleges and is expected to increase to 55 percent within two years. The survey of 578 community college faculty was conducted by Eric Liguori, an assistant professor at California State University.

    • Eighty-four percent of respondents believe e-learning is a valuable educational tool.

      • The top five benefits of e-learning identified by respondents are:


        • It increases access through location and time-flexible learning.

        • More resources and information are available to students 24/7.

        • Teachers can use a wide variety of tools and methods for teaching.

        • It is a good supplement to face-to-face curriculum.

        • It can lead to a richer learning experience if integrated correctly, freeing up class time for more engaging activities. This experience is often referred to as “flipping the classroom.”

      • Definitely interesting results for a brief overview of the survey.  It’s not enough to pop up a bunch of links and articles in an LMS and hope for the best.  To make eLearning an effective part of the solution for the college completion agenda, it needs to be supported technically from an academic focus and it needs to be prioritized institutionally.  
    • When asked about the barriers to adopting online learning, faculty cited such concerns as doubt about its capability and reliability, acceptance by students and teachers, and lack of resources, such as time and technical support.

    • Twenty-three percent of respondents said the effectiveness of e-learning depends on the resources available, including the format and features of courses. For example, e-learning is best when teachers are adequately trained to use it, there is high-quality content and curriculum design, it’s used in conjunction with real-world situations and there is opportunity for student-teacher interactions, discussion boards and collaborative projects.

    • “Our survey looked at how community college faculty members are using e-learning as a cost-effective means” to increase completion rates and ensure that “students walk away with credentials that are meaningful in the workplace and that they are prepared for the careers they hope to pursue, including, for many, the start of entrepreneurial endeavors,” said NACCE President and CEO Heather Van Sickle.

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