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Wake Up! It’s Time for an Online Learning Reality Check
Nov 15, 2011
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This month, I attended the 17th Annual Sloan-C Conference for Online Learning in Orlando, Florida (U.S.), and, as I reflect on my experience, I am both excited and energized about the future landscape of higher education — but I’m also concerned about whether colleges and universities are prepared for the major shifts upon us.
While there’s no way to predict the future, trends and data from the past are our most reliable guides. Each year, Sloan-C shares an exceptional report, produced by the Babson Research Group, that provides a snapshot of online learning enrollments and leadership perspectives in the United States. This is an invaluable resource to any college leader, faculty, staff, or student anywhere in the world — as we are all in this paradigm shift together. The report can be used as an opportunity to take the pulse of online trends, engage in dialogue at your local campus about how to best plan for the future, or as a model for developing a similar survey within your region or system.