Online Education is Booming at American Community Colleges
The Instructional Technology Council has been monitoring the use of distance learning at community college for more than six years now. In a recent survey of 139 institutions, the Council determined that the use of distance learning is increasing quickly at community colleges.
It’s another sign that computer-based instruction is now firmly in the mainstream of American higher education. Let’s look at some findings from the survey:
- Enrollment in online courses grew by 9 percent from between 2009 to fall 2010, outpacing the eight percent growth in overall community college enrollment.
- Sixty-eight percent of the colleges surveyed reported that they can’t offer enough online courses to meet student demand.
- “Blended” courses that offer a combination of classroom and online instruction are increasing. Sixty-five percent of colleges said that they offer classes that are taught completely online - down from 75 percent last year. But 21 percent now offer blended/hybrid courses - up from 15 percent last year. So mixed instruction is definitely on the rise.
- Colleges report a need to train faculty to teach courses online. Ninety-five percent of the schools surveyed now plan to offer such training, up from 92 percent in 2005.
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