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Online Learning: Not yet the ‘Popular’ Choice

by Carl Straumsheim

Inside Higher Ed

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Remaining Residential

Among the students surveyed for the studentPOLL, 85 percent of respondents said they wanted to take a majority of their courses in person, but only 6 percent said they were open to the idea of taking half, most or all of them online. About one-third (37 percent) said they could see themselves taking a handful of online courses, while 9 percent were undecided.

Our take

Online Learning Not Top of Mind to Graduating High School Students

Just because you build it, doesn’t mean they’ll come. This seems to be the case, at least for now, with online education options in the minds of college-bound high school students. Although online learning options are becoming more prevalent, these results suggest that a more hybrid approach may be a better way to engage the masses. Are there opportunities to engage K-12 students more regularly in online learning to better familiarize them with these options?

Time will tell whether an online learning environment will ever be embraced by students as an alternative to traditional classroom studies; as this study suggests, a hybrid approach may be the best approach, at least for now. In the meantime, instructors have ample opportunities to introduce students of all ages to opportunities for learning online.