Online learning: recent notable quotes

Online learning: recent notable quotes

Here are some notable quotes about the world of online learning from the past several months.

On the future of online higher education

“[Clayton] Christensen writes glowingly about what online courses can offer: convenient and affordable formats, personalization, and a ‘growing body of skilled instructors who know how to make the most of the medium.’ He proposes that brick-and-mortar universities outsource some of their introductory courses to for-profit online providers, a step some have taken.”
Mary Carmichael, reporter, Boston Globe
SOURCE: “Course Changer,” Boston Globe, August 1, 2011


On peer learning

“Cutting edge thinkers say peer learning around problem sets is a critical element of the future workplace, where continuous learning is the only way to cope with continuous technologic change. Google takes a lot of time to offer exposure to lots of different learning, so do Yahoo and Microsoft; the Apollo Group’s University of Phoenix got huge on adult learning. The demand is huge.”
Quentin Hardy, columnist, Forbes
SOURCE: “South Dakota, Internet Learning Pioneer,” Forbes, July 30, 2011


On the growth of e-learning

“According to a new report by Ambient Insight, the worldwide market for self-paced eLearning products and services reached $32.1 billion in 2010. The five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is 9.2% and revenues will grow to $49.9 billion by 2015.”
Ambient Insight, “The Worldwide Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2010-2015 Forecast and Analysis.”
SOURCE: “Ambient Insight Reports Strong International Demand for eLearning,” news release, July 18, 2011


On the perception of online degrees

“A recent survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management and commissioned by eLearners.com…found that 87 percent of 449 randomly selected HR professionals viewed online degrees more favorably than they did five years ago. Seventy-nine percent said that they had hired a job applicant with an online degree in the past 12 months.”
Laura Raines, reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
SOURCE: “More employers value online degrees,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 19, 2011


On global uses of online learning

“Online learning is one way of distance learning that presents an extraordinary opportunity to help address disparities in access across developing countries. It allows anyone, anywhere in the world, to study without requiring governments or private parties to expend heavy investments required in establishing and expanding traditional universities. Online learning allows for a more equitable and accessible higher education system whereby rural students can complete their studies without leaving their communities and students working to support their family can take advantage of a flexible study schedule.”
Shai Reshef, founder, University of the People
SOURCE: “Distance Learning for Developing Countries,” Huffington Post, April 26, 2011


On effectiveness of online learning

“More growth in learning takes place with individuals instructed with computer-based instruction methods — e-learning — compared to their counterparts instructed via traditional face-to-face methods, a study conducted by a Texas A&M University professor of education shows.”
Texas A&M, news release
SOURCE: “e-Learning Better at Improving Performance Than Traditional Instruction,” Texas A&M News & Information Services, April 27, 2011


On online learning tuition

“A recent survey co-sponsored by the Campus Computing Project found that 68% of private colleges and universities charge the same tuition for online and traditional programs (undergrad and grad)…Another 22% charge more for online.”
Elaine Pofeldt, reporter, Money magazine
SOURCE: “Make a Digital Degree Pay Off,” Money magazine, May 26, 2011


On when learning works best online

“The 21st century will be defined by schools that use technology appropriately for what they do best. There are things that the computer does best and things that teachers do best. We think that computers do basic skills best. Traditionally, people have maligned computers in the education space for ‘drill and kill,’ but computers help kids practice things and help kids who don’t understand what they are practicing figure it out and go back to the original lesson. Computers can adapt on the fly to an individual child’s mistakes or successes, and that would be impossible for a teacher in a class of 25-30 kids.”
John Danner, CEO, Rocketship Education
SOURCE: “Q&A with Rocketship Education’s John Danner: ‘There are things that the computer does best and things that teachers do best’, The Hechinger Report, June 22, 2011


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