Blended learning is getting more popular, according to survey

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Seventy-three percent of participants responded that they take a blended approach for their course, compared with 71% in last year’s poll.

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An increasing number of higher education faculty members are using a mix of on-campus classes and online learning in their courses, reveals a new survey by Campus Technology.

In the study Teaching with Technology Survey, researchers polled 232 faculty members across the United States about the technology they use in class, their preferences, and the future of education.

Seventy-three percent of participants responded that they take a blended approach for their courses (compared with 71% in last year’s poll). Fifteen percent said they only teach face-to-face and 12 percent only teach online (an increase from 10% in 2016).

Regarding flipped learning, 61% of respondents are employing it, at least in some of their classes (6% more than last year), and 24% are planning to use the model in the next year.

Although these innovative methods are gaining traction, one of the concerns of academics is the cheating and verification issues in online classes.

“The biggest challenge I see to technology in the classroom, especially with online classes, is the verification of the identity of the individual doing the work. In my online classes — and even the on-campus classes — cheating has become increasingly found among students," said one of the participants.