Wiley Education Services, part of John Wiley and Sons Inc., has released its annual report in partnership with Aslanian Market Research, a division of EducationDynamics, sharing insights about the priorities and considerations of online learners, which may inform higher education’s recovery efforts following the fallout of the novel coronavirus.
Before U.S. students were contending with campus closures and COVID-19 quarantines, more than 1,500 individuals currently enrolled, recently enrolled or planning to enroll in a fully online undergraduate or graduate degree, certificate or licensure program were surveyed about their preferences and experiences. The resulting Online College Students report lends insights to help institutions better understand and adapt online programs in lockstep with changing student behaviours.
Colleges and universities must consider long-term strategies that help them adapt to evolving student needs. Building programs that blend the best of online and campus-based learning could be a likely solution. This report shows more than a quarter (27%) of respondents were already prioritising the option for both online and on-campus classes when choosing an online program prior to COVID-19.
The Online College Students report demonstrates that universities have opportunities to navigate impacts caused by COVID-19 and potential disruptions in the future. Through continuous innovation, Wiley Education Services aims to support universities in delivering quality educational experiences across all formats and help chart a new course for the future-state of education.
The Online College Students report is based on the results of a survey conducted in the winter of 2020. Wiley Education Services and Aslanian Market Research conducted surveys with more than 1,500 individuals nationwide. Respondents were at least 18 years of age, had a minimum of a high school degree or equivalent, and were recently enrolled, currently enrolled, or planning to enroll in the next twelve months in a fully online undergraduate or graduate degree, certificate, or licensure program.
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