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Report: Majority of Students Still Think Online Courses Should Cost Less

In a recent survey from Barnes & Noble Education, the vast majority of college students (94 percent) said they think schools should charge less for online courses. In contrast, less than half of administrators and faculty (43 percent and 41 percent, respectively) believe the same.

Fall Student Experience Creating Online Converts

When it comes to interactivity among classmates, nothing beats texting. Nearly a third of students (31 percent) in a recent survey chose that over any other interaction option in online learning, including interactive whiteboards (mentioned by 29 percent), breakout rooms (18 percent), live surveys and polls (14 percent) or gamification such as badges and contests (7 percent). That's according to a survey from customer experience company Sykes.

Study Finds Use of Video Boosts Learning

A meta-study has found that the use of pre-recorded video can lead to "small improvements" in learning and replacing existing content with videos can result in "strong" learning benefits. The work, published by the American Educational Research Association, was undertaken by a team of researchers from Australian Catholic University and the University of Queensland.

What Students Would Give Up to Have In-Person College

What would students give up if they could head back to college in person? Seven in 10 would relinquish their AirPods for a month if it meant a month back on campus, according to a poll undertaken by Grand Canyon University.

Majority of UMBC Students Respond Positively to OER

A recent student survey on the use of open educational resources at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County garnered positive responses from the majority of respondents, who reported engaging with the low- or zero-cost digital course materials and homework tools.



4 in 10 College Faculty, Admin Unconcerned about Future Cyberattacks

More college administrators than college educators have received basic cybersecurity training. While 71 percent of the administrators said they'd been provided with some training, just 57 percent of the teachers said the same.

6 Steps to Move Prior Learning Assessment Forward

A new report from Capella University shares ways institutions can grow their prior learning assessment offerings.

Survey Reveals Students Struggling with Academics During Pandemic

As students adjust to the realities of college life during a pandemic, the majority (71 percent) are having trouble staying focused on their coursework, according to a fall 2020 survey.

New Guide Offers Best Practices for Digital Learning in Gateway Courses

To help academic administrators improve entry-level courses for digital learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, Every Learner Everywhere and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities have created a free guide focused on best practices for equity and student success.

Report: Students See College as a 'Bad Deal' During Pandemic

The longer the pandemic lasts, the more students question the value of a college education. A December survey by New America and Third Way found that nearly three in five college students (57 percent) agreed with the sentiment that higher education was no longer "worth the cost," a bump up from 49 percent in a previous survey in August.