Designing for Awareness

Purposeful Interactions in the Next Generation of Distance Education

Authored by: Jennifer Maddrell , Gary Morrison

Handbook of Design in Educational Technology

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415807340
eBook ISBN: 9780203075227
Adobe ISBN: 9781135118969


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In the fall 2010 semester, an estimated 6.1 million college students, approximately 30% of all enrolled students in degree-granting U.S. higher education institutions, were taking an online course (Allen & Seaman, 2011). This increase represents a 10% growth in online course enrollment from the previous year and far exceeds the less than 1% increase in overall U.S. higher education enrollment over the same period (Allen & Seaman, 2011). With prestigious universities, such as Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford, recently announcing online courses targeting thousands of learners, some are forecasting a campus tsunami in which online education is a wave about to forever alter the landscape of higher education (Brooks, 2012; Mazoué, 2012).

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