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College Presidents Believe in Online Education… That It’s Inferior to Classroom Instruction

The popularity of online education and the use of technology in education is rising. But college presidents and most adults don’t think cyber classes are as good as traditional classes. That’s according to a recent Chronicle of Higher Education poll. Here’s what they found:

 Just over half of the 1,055 college presidents queried believe that online courses offer a value to students that equals a traditional classroom’s. By contrast, only 29 percent of 2,142 adult Americans thought online education measured up to traditional teaching. The presidents’ survey included leaders of two-year and four-year private, public, and for-profit colleges and was conducted online. The public survey was conducted by telephone.

 Yet many colleges are providing online instruction because it saves cost. Most presidents of two-year institutions reported that they offer online classes to their students. Four – year institutions lag behind in providing online classes.

 William J. Pepicello, president of the University of Phoenix, a for-profit institution with substantial online offerings, said higher education as a whole had been far slower than other sectors to adopt game-changing technology. “Higher education lags behind the rest of society,” he said. “While lots of things have changed in the rest of society in the past century, higher education has remained substantially the same.”

It won’t be too long before more four year institutions start providing online classes. According to the survey, college presidents seem to be more tech-savvy than the average public.

Presidents are also slightly more likely than the general public to use Facebook (50 percent, compared with 45 percent of the public) and Twitter (18 percent of presidents and 10 percent of the public).

In the survey, 50% of college presidents said that most students will take online classes a decade from now


Via – College Presidents Are Bullish on Online Education but Face a Skeptical Public – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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