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Even profs who teach online courses remain evenly divided on their effectiveness [survey]

on August 27, 2013


When it comes to online education, seeing – or even doing – isn’t necessarily believing. According to a survey of faculty attitudes on technology from Inside Higher Ed and Gallup, skepticism of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and online learning still largely prevails.

The survey, which included 2,251 professors, found that only one in five respondents agrees that online learning can achieve learning outcomes that are equal to in-person courses. And even though it showed that professors who have taught at least one online course were more likely to support the new format than peers who had yet to teach online, those who have taught online are still pretty evenly divided on the effectiveness of web-based classes.

When asked whether online courses generally can lead to learning outcomes equivalent to in-person classes, 33 percent of teachers with online experience agreed, while 30 percent were neutral and 37 percent disagreed.

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