INFOGRAPHIC: How an online student chooses your college

New roadmap uses current data to visualize how today’s online student chooses college, program

online-student-collegeIt’s not a new fact that the amount of students who either take a blended learning course or enroll in a fully online program are increasing at a rapid rate. But what are the criteria students use to choose an online college or program? And what marketing tactics resonate the best?

Thanks to increasing interest from colleges and universities eager to get a share of the online student pie, numerous reports are cropping up this year on the needs and interests of online students. (Read: “5 types of online learners could make or break your institution.”)

Now, a new large-scale study, “Online College Students 2014: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,” released by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research, has been translated into a stunning infographic on the findings from the survey’s 1,500 former, current and future online students.…Read More

10 reasons why blended learning is exploding

New infographic delves into recent education trend data to explain why blended learning is taking off

blended-learning-trendsBlended learning, like many other buzzwords in education, is getting thrown around in ed-tech conversations as one of the hottest trends taking over course instruction and luring prospective students to colleges. But just like the current backlash against MOOCs, it’s important to know why a trend occurs in order to gauge its shelf life.

Blended learning is constantly evolving, with most of the innovations and refinements developed to support student-centered learning, explains DreamBox Learning, creator of the infographic. “There is mounting evidence that complementing or replacing lectures with student-centric, technology-enabled active learning strategies and learning guidance—rather than memorization and repetition—improves learning, supports knowledge retention, and raises achievement,” says the company. These new student-centered blended learning methods inspire engagement, and are a way to connect with every student right where they are while supporting progress.

Another reason why blended learning is currently expanding in education is that the global economy of the future will demand that high-skilled workers have “technological dexterity, the ability to think critically, and the development of flexible intelligence that will thrive in— and drive—change,” said DreamBox.…Read More

INFOGRAPHIC: Why digital education?

New infographic details the business and benefits of providing digital tools and online classes

digital-education-infographicAs trends like using multimedia resources for courses and incorporating blended learning classes on campus become ubiquitous, what are the motivating factors behind these trends…and do businesses profit off of them? What are some of the advances in tech spurring digital education’s growth?

According to a new infographic by Knewton, and based off of recent data from the Sloan Consortium, the New Media Consortium, the Gates Foundation, and many other sources (including multiple universities), the rise of digital education is the cause of multiple factors; the main one being the booming business of education.

From understanding why these trends are taking off in colleges and universities to a breakdown of digital education providers by type of institution, and from digital education’s potential for lowering dropout rates to making learning more affordable, this infographic provides a detailed snapshot of the digital education landscape.…Read More

6 facts on online vs. offline learning

New infographic reveals interesting comparisons between traditional and online learning

online-learning-infographicWhen talking about higher education, it’s hard not to run into a discussion on what’s really better for student learning: online learning or offline learning? Of course, the key is to offer both, and potentially emphasize blended learning as the less polarizing option, but if we were to look at bare bones facts about the two modes of learning, how are they the same? Different?

According to a new infographic provided by Get a Real Degree, a website dedicated to helping potential students find an online degree from a “real” school, there are more similarities between offline and online learning than you may think.

“Some argue that traditional learning is better because is the only way to maintain a fluid and solid learning process,” said the website. “However, students seem to prefer the online learning model and in most cases obtain better results (when comparing the same courses online vs. offline models). The cost is another important factor. Online degrees can be up to 80 times less expensive than traditional degrees. This is a universal rule, but this can be a decisive point for the student’s choice.”…Read More

INFOGRAPHIC: Global MOOC statistics

Comprehensive look at MOOCs, and MOOC users around the world, reveal it’s more than just a trend

global-MOOC-infographicAre MOOCs just a trend that, thanks to common criticisms like ‘not as good as a face-to-face course’ and ‘low completion rates,’ will soon die out? According to recent statistics from MOOC providers, universities, and research firms, if it is a trend, it’s only increasing—around the world.

According to The New York Times, 2012 was ‘The Year of the MOOC;’ however, due to the large increases in MOOC users not just in the U.S. but in China, Spain, and Arabic-speaking countries, 2014 could be considered ‘The Year MOOCs Changed the World.’

From countries quickly catching up to the U.S. in providers to new information on user demographics, and from the history of where it all started to the various kinds of MOOCs offered, this infographic provides a comprehensive snapshot of MOOCs in 2014.…Read More

INFOGRAPHIC: STEM facts that should shock you

Is the U.S. really making progress in STEM? These statistics shed new light on the current crisis

STEM-facts-infographic By now every stakeholder in education is aware of ‘the STEM crisis,’ but with an increased focus on K-12 STEM curriculum, are post-secondary students attaining STEM degrees? How did the Great Recession affect STEM jobs, if at all? New statistics help shed light on the current state of science, technology, engineering and math.

In this infographic, you’ll find the most up-to-date information on the projection of STEM careers in the near future, and how everything from K-12 class time, to taking AP exams, can affect these core subjects in higher education.

For example, did you know that in 2020 there will be 9.2 million STEM jobs, with 4.6 million in computing alone? Yet, currently, only 31 percent of U.S. bachelor’s degrees were awarded in science and engineering.…Read More

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