Monday, June 30, 2014
At a Tipping Point looks at the views of online learners - their concerns about the cost of higher education, their experiences with online learning, and their expectations for more convenient, life-based education models in the future.
 
“The pressure is mounting on traditional models of learning. We see evidence in the research that we may be reaching a tipping point in how consumers think about and would like to manage their education,” said Ms. De Rosa. “Students and parents are eager for more convenience and more options in how they learn—they favour convenience over structure, self-service over predefined options. Students of all ages are having success with online learning and, like most services that have moved onto the Web, consumers expect these new services to continue to improve in quality and increase in popularity.”
 
Changes to education and online learning have implications and opportunities for libraries. “The same digital forces reshaping education will reshape library users’ expectations, on our campuses and across our communities,” said Ms. De Rosa.
 
The report provides data on consumer attitudes and perceptions about online learning and MOOCs. The report also includes data about parents’ and students’ perceptions of campus life and their use of libraries—both at the library and online. It concludes with some thoughts for strategic consideration and action for libraries.
 
See a brief video about At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries on the website at http://oc.lc/TippingPointVideo.
 

The full report is available at http://oc.lc/TippingPoint