E-learning is booming at the college level, but most professors don’t like it, concludes the Sloan Survey of Online Learning, “Making the Grade.” The number of college students taking an online course doubled from 2002 to 2005, the study notes. Some 62 percent of chief academic officers say that the learning outcomes in online education are now “as good as or superior to face-to-face instruction.” But faculty aren’t jumping on the bandwagon, reports Inside Higher Ed:
What stands out is the number of faculty who still don’t see e-learning as a valuable tool. Only about one in four academic leaders said that their faculty members “accept the value and legitimacy of online education,” the survey shows. That number has remained steady throughout the four surveys.
I think higher education for working adults — for example, teacher training for people working as teaching aides or novice teachers — will go mostly or totally online in the next 10 years. It just makes sense. For 18- to 22-year-olds, e-learning will be a supplement. But nobody’s going to show up in person to a large lecture class when they can download the lecture to their computer or iPod.
Read the Inside Higher Ed comments by online students and instructors.