Allen, I. and Seaman, J. (2010) Class Differences: Online Education in the United States 2010 Babson Park MA: Babson Survey Research Group/Sloan-C

Babson Survey Group have kindly given me permission to report the following findings from the above study:

  • Online courses are defined as those with 80%+ of the delivery done online
  • Enrollments in online courses increased by 21% between 2009 and 2010, compared with an increase of 2% for campus enrollments
  • 63% of institutions surveyed said that online learning was an essential part of their future strategy
  • almost 30% of all enrollments now are in online courses.

The report also provides data on the perceived impact of changes in financial aid to online students, impressions of the quality of online learning, the effect of the economy on online enrollments, and a number of other items. You are strongly recommended to read the  full report, which can be downloaded free from here.

This will be the last survey funded by the Sloan Consortium who have funded surveys since 2003. I strongly hope that this essential and valuable survey can continue in the future.


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