Category Archives: Online education

Gallup poll on online education

A new Gallup poll (“In U.S., Online Education Rated Best for Value and Options“) that shows Americans have a mixed view on online education. This was evident from way the poll was reported by Insider Higher Ed (“Americans’ Views of Online Courses: Gallup survey finds majority of adults see online courses as equal to or better than classroom-based courses in several key ways“) and the Chronicle of Higher Education (“Traditional Education Beats Online in Key Areas, Opinion Poll Finds“).

The results were mixed:

Gallup Results

Americans saw online education providing more options and a better value than traditional schools.  At the same time, they have doubts about online education’s quality of instruction, reputation with employers, and reliability of testing and grading.

The demographics behind respondents’ preferences for getting college degrees versus getting job specific skills/knowledge. College-age Americans favored job skills by a wide margin as did 30 to 49-year olds (although by a smaller margin). That means our students and their parent agree on the value of job skills.


Just more evidence that we need to do a better job of promoting what we offer.

Coverage of Online Education

National Journal (widely read within DC) has a story on “How Online Education Saves Everyone Money.” If it’s in National Journal, it’s on the minds of members of Congress.


UT joins the MOOC battle

It looks like the University of Texas plans to jump into the massive open online course game in  a big way (“UT plans ‘massive’ offerings on Internet“). There’s no indication if they can really confirm identities and prevent fraud. It is clear that they’re ready to deliver content to a lot of people.


Online Cheating

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a story about online cheating (“Online Courses Can Offer Easy A’s via High-Tech Cheating“). It reflects one of those worries a lot of us have when we think about online courses.

The limits of online learning

As the debate over higher education reform moves to Florida, Donald R. Eastman III, president of Eckerd College, argues that online learning is not the right approach for every student.