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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Faculty Attitudes About Online Learning Are Changing…Slowly | ElearningInside News

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Cait Etherington, writer and education/training consultant with over two decades of experience writes, "In late October, Inside Higher Ed released its 2017 report on faculty attitudes and uses of technology".  

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The report, a collaboration between Inside Higher Ed and Gallup, found that while faculty are warming up to technology, change is slow in the ivory tower and that many faculty continue to express concerns about public institutions partnering too closely with educational technology companies.

Report Methodology 
For the 2017 Inside Higher Ed Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology, Gallup sent invitations via email to 22,966 faculty members and 553 digital learning leaders between August 22 and September 18, 2017. Gallup collected 2,360 completed or partially completed surveys from faculty members and 102 from digital learning leaders. The overall response rate was 10 percent. Of the faculty respondents, 1,333 were full time employees and 425 were part time employees. Among the faculty, 760 were tenured, 243 were tenure track but not tenured, and 641 were in non tenure track positions. 743 of the faculty surveyed had taught an online course but 1,510 had never done so...

...What’s most promising are current trends. With more and more faculty reporting that they have taught a course online or in a blended format each year, it seems likely that by 2020, a majority of faculty will have attempted teaching online on at least one occasion. Given the high demand among students for more online and blended learning opportunities, this is no doubt good news for higher education. 

Source: ElearningInside News