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In Coverage of Online Courses, Generalizations Prevail

In Coverage of Online Courses, Generalizations Prevail | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Given the context of the article, Dynarski seems to be right on the money. But accounting for the full scope of the term 'online courses,' she couldn't be further from the truth.
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Here's a different perspective on who takes online classes: adults vary on why they take online courses and what they want out of them..

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Pew data suggests adult learners lacking in digital skills

Pew data suggests adult learners lacking in digital skills | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Colleges and universities face the challenge of catering to an increasingly nontraditional student base that is becoming the new norm
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Ouch-women and those over 50 are really challenged by the lack of digital skills..here's an eCampus News article about the "5 stages of digital readiness for adult online students" (opens in a new window).

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PA028: It’s Time to Make a Change-Exposing Feedback Assumptions

PA028: It’s Time to Make a Change-Exposing Feedback Assumptions | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
When it comes to feedback, what do students want?
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Students want good and bad feedback-that is realistic, not full of academic terms..

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Survey Results: Online and Adult Learners More Satisfied with College Experience than Traditional Students

Survey Results: Online and Adult Learners More Satisfied with College Experience than Traditional Students | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
According to a new national survey, online and adult students are generally more satisfied with their overall college experience than traditional on-campus students.
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Interesting: Online/adult learners in college were satisfied/very satisfied with their college experience (74%/67%);

  • In 2 year public community colleges, students had a satisfaction level with their college experience at..64%..
  • In 4 year public colleges,  student satisfaction levels with their community college experience was at.. 53%...

 

If you look at the full report (free but registered download)

  • Most likely to re-enroll in their college?
  • Online students (75%) , public community college students (71%) and adult learners (69%)..
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The #1 Way to Engage Adult Learners? Be Relevant

The #1 Way to Engage Adult Learners? Be Relevant | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
By far the most effective means of keeping adult learners engaged is to make the coursework RELEVANT to them.
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I always add an overview to each Lesson that starts with "Why are we learning this? How is this being used in the real-world?"

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Smoothing the Journey for Adult Learners: Helpful Strategies for Higher Ed Institutions

Smoothing the Journey for Adult Learners: Helpful Strategies for Higher Ed Institutions | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
At every step of the journey, advisors, counselors and other front-line institutional staff should be working with adult students to understand and address their concerns and challenges.
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