As institutions plan for a future that includes COVID-19, a survey sheds light on what online students say are the most important things they need in an educational program

5 major priorities for today’s online students


As institutions plan for a future that includes COVID-19, a survey sheds light on what online students say are the most important things they need in an educational program

Many colleges and universities are considering hybrid learning models as they try to plan for fall and long-term learning strategies that can adapt to the needs of faculty and students–including online students, according to a new survey.

The annual Online College Students report, from Wiley Education Services and in partnership with Aslanian Market Research, sheds light on online learners’ priorities to help institutions better understand and adapt their online programs to changing student behaviors. The report is based on data from students who were already enrolled or planning to enroll in online learning programs before COVID-19.

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Building programs that blend the best of online and campus-based learning could be a likely solution for institutions as they plan for the future–a future that most likely will include plans for COVID-19. The report shows more than a quarter (27 percent) of respondents were already prioritizing the option for both online and on-campus classes when choosing an online program prior to COVID-19.

Laura Ascione