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Chief online officers weigh in on online learning trends

Online learning continues to offer expanded learning opportunities to traditional and nontraditional students, but it also challenges institutional norms.

The 2018 Changing Landscape of Online Education is part of a continuing effort to uncover what chief online officers at higher-ed institutions think about learning policies, practices, and plans. It’s a joint initiative of Quality Matters and Eduventures.

The report offers a deeper dive into important online learning subject matters and policies, including these 9 areas:

1. Though the term “online learning” can blur the lines between all-online and blended learning, surveyed institutions tend to emphasize fully-online programs over blended learning—in fact, very few institutions said they see blended learning as a core strategy.

“At the course level, 55 percent of respondents said online is emphasized more than blended. Forty-eight percent said the same at the program level, compared to 5 percent and 10 percent emphasis, respectively, placed on blended courses and programs,” according to the report.

2. Most survey respondents say they view the online learning market as more competitive than it was five years ago. Community college respondents are more likely to cite local competition, and four-year schools point more frequently to regional or national competitors.

Laura Ascione