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Almost 70 Percent of Classroom Faculty Fear The Growth of Online Learning

Over six million students are now taking at least one online course, upping the rate of online enrollment to 10 times that of traditional higher education. Yet, while the world is reveling in free online classes, faculty members are frightened by the Internet’s growing popularity, according to a survey by the Babson Survey Research Group.

The report, which polled 4,564 faculty members, reveals that 58 percent of respondents described themselves as filled with “more fear than excitement” over the growth of online education. However, about 75 percent of the respondents were full-time faculty members, “many of whose teaching careers predate the online boom.”

Nearly 70 percent of the respondents who taught solely in the classroom said they feared the online boom, which doesn’t come at much of a surprise. The traditional lecture might not be dead, but it is severely flawed, and the professors who don’t incorporate some alternative, whether it be peer learning or an online component, won’t be able to keep up. Online education will turn from a supplement into a replacement, and that’s where the fear is leaking in.

But will the replacement be reputable? Sixty-six percent of respondents said the learning outcomes from online

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