3. Nearly all surveyed four-year institutions that say they plan to launch more than 10 new online programs in the coming years already have more than 20 such programs.

4. Though fully-online institutions often claim students do not need to have any in-person meetings or campus visits, some do include face-to-face requirements. Thirty-seven percent of surveyed schools say face-to-face meetings are not required, 16 percent say they require occasional face-to-face sessions, and 14 percent say face-to-face sessions are voluntary. Another 32 percent say requirements vary by program.

5. The top five most important or innovative online learning technologies, according to the survey, are a learning management system, anti-plagiarism and assessment integrity tools, audio/visual conferencing, lecture/video capture and management, and online assessment and proctoring.

6. Chief online officers would most like to adopt adaptive learning, learning analytics, student support dashboards, simulations/game-based learning, and virtual/augmented reality.

7. Half of all survey respondents say they have experienced or they anticipate major technology changes for their fully-online programs.

8. The most common motivation for a technology change in online learning programs is to improve the student experience and boost student success. Other reasons include improving the faculty experience, overcoming limitations of current technology, experimenting with new solutions, and to comply with regulations.

9. Chief online officers are less likely to use alternative providers, such as edX or Coursera, or coding bootcamps, as admissions pathways or to fulfill certain course requirements. Twenty-two percent said alternative provider alliances are under consideration, and 39 percent said they would not consider such partnerships.

About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura


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