Research

Find abstracts and links to previous works conducted by Digital Learning Compass. Also included are related works produced by Babson Survey Research Group, e-Literate, and WCET on their own or in partnership.

2013

Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman
Summary: The 2013 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group reveals a 6.1 percent growth rate, the lowest for a decade, but still representing over 400,000 additional students taking at least one online course.

2012

Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman
Summary: The tenth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States. Based on responses from over 2,800 academic leaders, the survey report reveals that the number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 6.7 million. Higher education adoption of Massive Open Online Courses remains low, with most institutions still on the sidelines.

2011

Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman
Summary: Based on responses from over 2,500 academic leaders, the complete survey report, "Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011" is available in multiple formats.

2010

Class Differences: Online Education in the United States, 2010

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman
Summary: The 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, Class Differences: Online Education in the United States, 2010 (pdf), reveals that enrollment rose by almost one million students from a year earlier. The survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities nationwide finds approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2009, the most recent term for which figures are available.

2009

Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States, 2009

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman
Summary: The seventh annual Sloan Survey of Online Learning reveals that online enrollment rose by nearly 17 percent from a year earlier. The survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group, the College Board and the Sloan Consortium, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States. Using results from more than 2,500 colleges and universities nationwide, the report finds approximately 4.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2008.

2008

Staying The Course - Online Education in the United States, 2008

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman
Summary: The 2008 Sloan Survey of Online Learning reveals that enrollment rose by more than twelve percent from a year earlier. The survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities nationwide finds approximately 3.94 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2007. The sixth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group, the College Board and the Sloan Consortium, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States.

2007

Blending In: The Extent and Promise of Blended Education in the United States

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman, Richard Garrett
Summary: Blending In: The Extent and Promise of Blended Education in the United States is aimed at answering some of the fundamental questions about the nature and extent of education in the United States. Unlike the previous reports that focused exclusively on online learning, the current report examines blended (also called hybrid) instruction. The findings are based on three years of responses from a national sample of over 1,000 colleges and universities. Additional results are presented from an Eduventures-conducted national survey of 2,033 U.S. adults interested in postsecondary education in the next three years.

Online Nation: Five Years of Growth in Online Learning

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman
Summary: Online Nation: Five Years of Growth in Online Learning represents the fifth annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education. This year’s study, like those for the previous four years, is aimed at answering some of the fundamental questions about the nature and extent of online education.

2006

Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006 - Southern Edition

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman
Summary: Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006 - Southern Edition is based on data collected for the fourth annual national report on the state of online education in U.S. higher education. Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group in partnership with the College Board, the report, based on responses from over 2,200 colleges and universities, examines the nature and extent of online learning among U.S. higher education institutions.

Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006 - Midwestern Edition

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman
Summary: Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006 - Midwestern Edition is based on data collected for the fourth annual national report on the state of online education in U.S. higher education. Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group in partnership with the College Board, the report, based on responses from over 2,200 colleges and universities, examines the nature and extent of online learning among U.S. higher education institutions.