By Scott Jaschik
WASHINGTON — Online enrollment continued to grow at community colleges in 2013, even as many two-year institutions saw overall enrollment stagnate or drop, according to a report released Sunday by the Instructional Technology Council.
The council released its annual report on online education at the annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges, with which it is affiliated.
In 2013, the 142 distance education officials who responded to the survey reported that their online enrollments were up by 5.2 percent over the previous year. That increase is smaller than those of the three previous years, going back chronologically, 6.5 percent, 8.2 percent, and 9 percent. But those increases came in years in which community colleges were reporting increases in both in-person and online enrollments, which is no longer the case this year.
The overall trends, summed up by the Instructional Technology Council’s report, are that “online enrollment has continued to be the predominant source of enrollment growth in higher education during the last nine years, and the growth in online enrollment continues to slow.”
While the report shows the importance of online education to community colleges, that doesn’t extend to massive open online courses. Here it appears that more colleges are deciding that MOOCs are not the way to go. Last year, 42 percent of survey respondents said that they had no plans for adding MOOC content to their courses. This year, that total increased to 73 percent. Only 3 percent reported that they are using MOOCs in courses.
[ Full article available at Inside Higher Ed: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/07/study-finds-slower-online-growth-community-colleges-growth-nonetheless ]