Do Students Really Want to Take Online Courses?

Despite extensive hype about the future of online education, most students prefer to continue to take real courses. According to an article by Devin Karambelas in USA Today:

Despite the rapid growth of online learning, many college students say they still prefer the traditional classroom setting.

According to results of a new national research study, 78% of more than 1,000 students surveyed still believe it is easier to learn in a classroom.

But you can’t always get what you want.

While some critics of Georgia Institute of Technology’s plan to offer an all-MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) master’s degree in computer science refer to the proliferation of online courses as “a dystopian nightmare of monoculture,” colleges don’t seem to be listening.

According to the USA Today piece, some 43 percent of universities surveyed say they plan to offer MOOCs in the next three years. That would be a 30 percent increase from today.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer