The importance of student engagement as a success factor in learning has long been recognized. With all the tools and resources available in the 21st century to extend and support this engagement, we need to revise our understanding of teaching and learning – what we refer to as pedagogy.
Click here Towards a New Pedagogy of Engaged Learning to link to the full article – it’s fascinating!
High return on college education:
The California Community Colleges is the largest provider of workforce training in the state and nation.
For every $1 California invests in students who graduate from college, it will receive a net return on investment of $4.50.
Californians with a college degree will earn $1,340,000 more than their peers with only a high school diploma. Students who earn a degree or certificate from a California community college nearly double their earnings within three years.
Attending or graduating from a community college doubles an individual’s chance of finding a job compared to those who failed to complete high school.
The California Community Colleges is the state’s most cost-effective system of education – the revenue needed to support one full-time community college student is slightly more than $5,000 per year.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that occupations that require an associate degree will grow by 18 percent through 2020 – faster than the new job growth for those with a bachelor’s degree.
Distance Education Fact Sheet:
California community colleges lead the way in distance education:
Nearly 27 percent of all California community college students will take a class offered through distance education this year, up from 12.5 percent in 2005-2006.
Of all courses offered at California’s community colleges, 12.3 percent are offered through distance education, and it is estimated that nearly half of all courses have some online component.
California community colleges first started offering distance education courses in 1979.
Of the 2.4 million students enrolled in 2011-2012 academic year, 621,501 took at least one distance education course.
The average course load of all California community college students in 2011-12 was 12 units. The average course load of students who enrolled in distance education courses was 15 units.
Distance education has almost doubled from 21,414 sessions in 2005-06 to 41,354 in 2011-12.
Two age categories – 18- to 19-year-olds and 20- to -24- year olds – account for 61 percent of those enrolled in distance education courses in 2011-12.
Thirty-seven percent of students surveyed in 2011 said they enrolled in at least one distance education course because of the convenience.
Fifty-one percent of California’s community colleges offer certificates and degrees that can be earned without stepping onto campus for classes. This typically includes a combination of both online and television courses.
The Internet provides California community college students with 94 percent of the distance education offerings. Television is next with 8 percent, followed by correspondence (2 percent) and video conferencing (1 percent).
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