The UCLA Higher Education Research Institute conducts annual surveys of incoming college freshmen. There are many interesting questions, but since I teach an undergraduate course on Internet literacy, and education applications and services are increasingly important, I focus on two questions in particular:
- Have you used an online instructional website (e.g., Khan Academy, Coursera) as assigned for a class?
- Have you used an online instructional website (e.g., Khan Academy, Coursera) to learn something on your own?
Three things strike me in looking over these results:
- Students are not waiting for their schools -- they are taking online classes on their own.
- Students attending historically black colleges are doing more online study than others.
- Online classes are growing in popularity among students working on their own and as assigned work.
(I also wrote a post after last year's freshman survey).
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Khan Academy algebra 2 before starting high school.