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Lowered Expectations, Dropped Assignments Dominated Switch to Online Courses

Nearly half of faculty in a recent survey said they lowered their expectations about the amount of work they could expect from their students after the switch to online learning in response to school closures caused by COVID-19.

Three-Quarters of College Students Call Online Classes 'Unengaging,' Miss Campus Interactions

In an April survey done by education technology vendor Top Hat, a quarter of college students said they're undecided about whether or not to continue their education in the fall.

A Third of College Students Don't Expect to Return if Fall Classes are Online

An education study site ran an informal poll with students about whether they'd return to school in the fall if it were only delivered remotely; a third said they'd withdraw.

Survey: Emergency Move Online Forced More than Half of Faculty to Learn New Teaching Methods

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all higher education institutions (90 percent) in a recent survey used some form of emergency distance education to complete the Spring 2020 term. And 56 percent of faculty who moved courses online were using teaching methods they had never used before.

Google Classroom Tops Education App Downloads

A new analysis by App Annie has found that mobile education applications have experienced a 90 percent increase in weekly downloads usage worldwide between the last three months of 2019 and the first three months of 2020.



Enrollment in Online Programs Flattening Out for Now

Enrollment for online education rose in 2019 at universities and colleges, but not as quickly as it had been doing in previous years, according to a new survey from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research.

CHLOE Report Advice for Online Learning: Focus on Completing Course Reqs

This year's report on The Changing Landscape of Online Education comes as nearly every college and university in the land is taking its courses online in response to COVID-19. In an 11th-hour addition to the report, CHLOE researchers suggested that the immediate goal for any institution right now should be to have faculty communicate with students on completing the tasks and assignments they need to satisfy course requirements.

Adults with No College Experience Far Less Likely to Want More Education

Among adult learners, people with no college experience at all are far less likely to want to return to school — even if time or money were no object, according to a survey from higher ed research firm Eduventures.

Survey: Cybersecurity 'Most Daunting' Challenge

Worldwide health concerns aside, cybersecurity is the "most daunting challenge," according to a survey of engineers around the globe.

Cybersecurity Reports See Rise in Education Risks, Highlight Mobile

Two cybersecurity reports that highlight mobile device risks — one from Verizon and the other from NetScout Systems — have also touched on education in their findings.