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American Online and MOOCs trend report

VU International News and Reviews No. 20 January 6 2014

January 2014

This month, the 11th version of the annual report on trends in online education in the US was published.

The report is based on the responses of more than 2800 American HE institutions. According to the survey, close 70% of institutions consider online education as critical for their long term strategy, less than 10% say that it is not. Of the chief academic officers, 74% believe that online education yields as good or better results than face-to-face education. Those who have negative opinions all represent HE institutions without online offerings. The total number of students taking online courses has now reached 7,1 million and 33,5% of American HE students. But MOOCs constitute still only a small element in the world of online HE: 5% of the HE institutions actually offered one or more MOOCs in the past year.

In many respects, the trend of online education has stabilised, with key indicators for 2013 at the 2012 level or slightly below.

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