Less than 10% of US traditional first-year students plan to take online courses

March 7, 2014

A recent study out of the University of California reveals that less than 10% of students, surveyed in the fall of their first year of PSE, said there is a “very good chance” they will enrol in a fully online course. Meanwhile, the study suggests that 69.8% of these students are using “online instructional materials such as MOOCs and video lectures” on their own time. Kevin Eagan, Interim Director of UC’s Cooperative Institutional Research Program, says the lack of interest can be explained by the fact that the cohort studied is made up of ‘traditional-aged students who are more likely to live on campus and have an expectation of a more traditional or idealized college experience based on what they've seen on television, film and perhaps what their parents have experienced.” Inside Higher Ed