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Stephen Downes

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In the past this would have been a Sloan report - now it's Online Learning Consortium, co-branded with Pearson, and you'll have to fill out a form with your blood type and shoe size in order to access a copy. The upshot, according to the press page, is that online learning is established and accepted, while MOOCs have peaked. Jeff Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group:  "While the rapid pace of online learning growth has moderated, it still accounts for nearly three-quarters of all US higher education's enrollment increases last year." But be careful when reporting the findings. Many of the metrics report "academic leaders' belief" rather than actual facts. Sometimes this is even belief about belief, as in "Only 28.0% of academic leaders say that their faculty accept the 'value and legitimacy of online education'," which is doubly unreliable. Press Release. Graphics. How to Spin.

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