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Monday, May 18, 2015

Poll: how much online learning do business students want?

"How much is too much when it comes to online elements of campus executive education programmes?" continues Financial Times.
 

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A poll of participants who completed an executive open programme in 2014 found that while they recognised the advantages of virtual learning, many wanted to keep it to a minimum.

A little more than half the group said they would like less than 25 per cent of teaching and assessment to be online if they attended a similar course in future. About a fifth thought having 25–50 per cent of the course delivered virtually was acceptable, while 15 per cent preferred to study entirely in a classroom.

Two-thirds of the 990 respondents said the main drawback of online learning was a lack of interaction with faculty and course participants. Other disadvantages included a lack of networking opportunities and the level of self-discipline involved.
Nearly two-thirds of participants had completed a course with an online component. The main benefits highlighted were the opportunities to study flexibly and save time and money.

There is concern in the sector about massive open online courses threatening the take-up of lucrative campus courses, but only a third of participants had heard of Moocs and just 11 per cent had taken such a course.


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