Last year, in its final annual report on online learning, the Babson Survey Research Group found that the number of U.S. higher education students taking at least one online course reached 5.8 million (nearly one half taking all their classes online). More than one quarter (28 percent) of all students enrolled in higher ed took at least one online course.

This is a continuation of the long-term trend that the survey has identified. With online education having gone mainstream, the report’s authors no longer see the need to focus their resources on it. (The National Center for...

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About the Author:

Cheryl Cyrus is a principal strategist on Blackboard’s Enterprise Consulting team. In this role, she provides expertise and support to clients on eLearning, competency-based education (CBE), and a variety of other course design and development projects. Before joining Blackboard, she worked for the Florida Department of Education, the University of South Florida and the University of Memphis.