Imagine this: An online class with students from around the world. Among other features, the class offers short video lessons with pop-up quizzes. Students chat online with each other, anytime, day or night.
And, yes, there is homework.
Could this teaching/learning style be as effective as the traditional, face-to-face class?
In this Public Broadcasting Service video, Spencer Michels of PBS NewsHour offers an insightful exploration of a new wave in online learning.
For the latest survey on online education in the U.S., see an earlier post at this blog site. Highlights of the survey include:
- Some 6.7 million U.S. students enrolled in at least one online course during fall, 2011, representing a 570,000 increase of students over the previous year.
- Of U.S. higher education students, 32 percent take at least one course online.
- While academic leaders are skeptical about a sustainable business model for MOOCs (massive open online courses), they do believe MOOCs provide an important way to learn more about teaching online.
- Of the academic leaders surveyed, 77 percent view learning outcomes of online education as the same, or superior, to those in face-to-face courses.