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Glenn Jones, Patrice W.; Davenport, Elizabeth K. – Thought & Action, 2018
Changes in the academy have coincided with social shifts, community growth, student needs, and global conversions. During the 1990s, online learning began to receive national attention, and since 2010, online course enrollment has consistently increased. In 2014, 28 percent of all students attending postsecondary, degree-granting institutions were…
Descriptors: Resistance to Change, Black Colleges, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Hanson, Chad – Thought & Action, 2015
The author, chairman of the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming, examines how the proportion of students who participate in schooling as a real--as opposed to a virtual--undertaking has shrunk through the growth of online courses. This situation could be a tragedy or it could be acceptable. At the moment,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Interpersonal Relationship, Campuses, College Environment
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Capra, Theresa – Thought & Action, 2014
Online learning has become a permanent fixture on college campuses. For the past decade, enrollment in online courses has grown faster than the overall student body throughout higher education. This phenomenon is not surprising and, in fact, is part of a history of people seeking more flexible alternatives to traditional, face-to-face instruction.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Electronic Learning, Enrollment Trends, Video Technology
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Goedde, Brian – Thought & Action, 2014
When you think of global, online education, the first thing that may jump to mind these days are MOOCs, the "massive open online classes" that are widely publicized (and criticized). The author states that his classes were not these, but rather, closer to what are now being called SPOCs--small private online classes. Enrollment is…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Distance Education, English Language Learners
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Meisenhelder, Susan – Thought & Action, 2013
The push for increased use of online teaching in colleges and universities has been gaining momentum for some time, but even in that context the recent enthusiasm for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), free online courses that often enroll tens of thousands of students, is remarkable and rightly dubbed "MOOC Mania." As with so many…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size
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Schweizer, Bernard – Thought & Action, 2013
This author is dropping out from the first college course he has taken in more than 20 years. As a tenured professor, he obviously does not have much to lose from this decision. On the other hand, nobody really seems to care anyway whether he is participating or not. He has been MOOC(h)ing of late. Definition of this lovely neologism? Taking part…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size
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Golden, Robert – Thought & Action, 2013
In this article, Robert Golden envisions the current trends in practice at State University of New York (SUNY) in Plattsburgh, being so firmly entrenched as to still be the same practices in place 60 years into the future. He notes the decline of full-time faculty, the rise in the numbers of contingent faculty, the increasing use of massive open…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Administration, College Presidents, Trend Analysis