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Education Final 09-15-11
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes
Action Plan
1.4 - E-Learning
Are community and technical colleges increasing their use of eLearning tools to educate students?
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Data Notes
Data Source: SBCTC Data Warehouse
Measure Definition: Number of full-time equivalent students (FTES) in community and technical college coursework that is provided through eLearning technologies
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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis: No

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • In eLearning courses, faculty and students use digital technologies for part or all of the instructional work.
  • eLearning courses expand access to more students, save students the cost of gasoline and child care, and allow working and placebound students increased scheduling flexibility.
  • eLearning continues a strong growth trend, increasing by 7,307 FTES in 2009-10 over the previous year.  This growth accounted for 58 percent of total growth in all state-funded FTES in 2009-10.  Online instruction, requiring no face-to-face class time, grew by 20 percent and accounted for 65 percent of all eLearning.
  • More than 121,000 students took classes using some form of eLearning in 2009-10.
  • Nearly half (47%) of all college graduates earn 15 or more credits via online or hybrid coursework.
  • eLearning now accounts for 19% of all FTES.  The college system has a target level of 85% by 2030.

Action Plan

  • SBCTC will invest in centrally-funded system-wide eLearning tools for both faculty and students that will reduce cost and improve access, such as Elluminate, an online meeting space for sharing audio, video and files.
  • SBCTC will train eLearning faculty and fund faculty learning communities to ensure that students receive the highest quality education.
  • Gates Foundation funds and a state appropriation will support an Open Course Library project to design 81 high-enrollment, gatekeeper and pre-college courses for face-to-face, hybrid and/or online delivery over the next 2 years.