Saturday, November 15, 2008

Telecommuting Students

The nature of the student in post-secondary education is changing. Increasingly, students are older, part-time and online. Community Colleges are leading the way in this trend. Among all higher ed institutions, 4,000,000 learners - more than 20% of the enrolled students - are taking at least one online class. More than half of those are enrolled at community colleges. And, college leaders seem to think that the economic challenges we face are helping to encourage more prospective learners to consider online learning.

These telecommuting students are even more depdendent on Web 2.0 technologies to access librarians and library resources.

Linked to the title is the newly-released Sloan Consortium survey of online learning in higher education.

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