Quality of Instruction Needs Improvement, Online Learners Say

June 2006
Recruitment & Retention in Higher Education;Jun2006, Vol. 20 Issue 6, p3
The article presents information on a survey, which focuses on effective teaching in colleges and universities in the United States. The National Online Learners Priorities conducted a study in association with consultancy firm Noel-Levitz. The study included responses gathered between 2001 and 2005 from more than 16,000 online learners at 60 institutions. According to director of retention solutions Julie Bryant, among the respondents 58 percent learners were studying full-time, 61 percent were planning to complete an online degree program, 68 percent were women, 70 percent were employed full-time, 75 percent were in the age of 25-54 and 78 percent were studying online. The survey asked respondents to give a numerical score (on a seven-point scale) about the campus quality and how well the institution satisfied their expectations. The study found that online learners gave more importance to institutional perceptions. Bryant said that in general they can say that online learners tend to have relatively high expectations for their educational experiences and they're relatively satisfied form their colleges and universities.


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