Have we maxed out on online education?
A new survey from Eduventures (the terrible punny name is not my fault) comes via Inside Higher Ed and finds that though the number of adults entering into higher education as non-traditional students continues to increase, the percentage interested in taking all or most classes online has roughly stayed stagnent. The survey found 38 percent were interested in taking all or most of their classes online compared with 37 percent in 2006.
“We feel this is the watershed moment,” said Richard Garrett, vice president and principal analyst for Eduventures and the report’s author told IHE. “After years of endless growth, we’re definitely coming to more of a plateau situation.”
This strikes me as making a lot of sense. There are different learning styles, and some people just won’t be motivated by an online course. They know they need to show up and put their butt in ia seat to force themselves to do the work. It makes sense that the share of folks who are self-motivated enough to do online learning at home stays about the same. Though it’s worth noting that online education, for all its purported flexibility, doesn’t seem to do much for increasing graduation rates. It looks like online education has stagnated for now, at least, until there is some kind of change in public perception of online education or an innovation in keeping folks more accountable to it.