As college students change, so must instruction. But is the answer online classes?

The 18-year-old college freshman is an endangered species.

Today, three in four undergrads are considered “non-traditional” students. They may work while taking classes. They may have started families or served in the military. Or, as is often the case at my institution, the University of Utah, they may have done missionary work for as long as two years after high school.

The on-campus model doesn’t work for this growing group of students. They can’t raise families in dorms. And morning classes aren’t compatible with full-time jobs.

Some new entrants to the college marketplace believe they can deliver an education entirely online. But the evidence suggests otherwise.

Read more at the Atlanta Journal Constitution…

What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock

Link to articleThe hype around the free online courses called MOOCs has drawn millions of students, who are all essentially part of a teaching experiment of unprecedented scale. These days, researchers are increasingly checking in on that experiment.

A new report, released on Thursday, seeks to answer the question “Where is research on massive open online courses headed?”

Read more at the Chronicle of Higher Education…