“College students enrolled in entirely-online courses might prefer more face-to-face learning, according to a survey that says higher education is in need of more ‘hybrid’ courses,” stated eCampus News in a recent article focused on the demand for more blended learning college courses.
The survey referenced was conducted by Eduventures, a research and consulting firm specializing in higher education. Of the 20,000 current and prospective adult students surveyed, 33 percent preferred to take one or more blended learning courses while only 19 percent were currently enrolled in a blended, or hybrid course, indicating a gap between supply and demand.
Regis University, which began delivering online learning courses in 1997, currently offers blended learning college courses within the Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program. Regis received a $125,000 grant earlier this year from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, an organization that has a tremendous influence on online higher education. This grant money will go towards the expansion (including the addition of courses for our School of Education) and enhancement of blended learning course offerings at Regis.
The Chronicle of Higher Education also reported on the Eduventures survey, which questioned if online students are being left with no alternative but to go online-only if hybrid courses are not available.
In the article, The Chronicle quoted Richard Garrett, a managing director at Eduventures, “Schools have jumped on the online bandwagon, and students end up with this rather unnuanced choice between more-or-less wholly on ground and more-or-less wholly online, when many of them actually want something that’s a more nuanced combination of the two.”
Meeting the demands of adult students and the hectic schedules they juggle on a daily basis has always been at the forefront of the way Regis designs and delivers courses within our accelerated learning platform. Through the use of evolving technology, bridging our online learning and classroom-based courses will further enable us to offer flexibility to our students while supporting the need for a personalized, face-to-face learning environment.
Tell us what you think. Do you prefer taking courses online but like the option of having face time with your professor? How important are learning formats to you and the success of your degree program?