Pew Internet has released an extensive new report titled, “Civic Engagement in the Digital Age.” The research, based on over 2,000 phone interviews during the summer of 2012, begins to paint a picture of civic engagement, particularly political engagement, during a period of explosive growth in the use of social networking sites. Among the report’s findings:
- 48% of adults directly take part in a civic group or activity.
- 39% of adults recently contacted a government official or spoke out in a public forum via offline methods.
- 34% did those things via online methods.
- 39% of adults do political or civic activities on social networking sites.
Download the full report here.
I assume this data from Pew refers to uses in addition to making and receiving voice calls.
Source: Tatango Mass Text Messaging
Wondering how MOOCs, tablets, gaming, learning analytics, 3D printing and wearable technology fit into the education landscape? Read about it in the 2013 Horizon Report, from New Media Consortium.
(click to enlarge)
The 2012 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group has been released. Key report findings include:
- Over 6.7 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2011 term, an increase of 570,000 students over the previous year.
- Thirty-two percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.
- Seventy-seven percent of academic leaders rate the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face classes.
- The proportion of chief academic officers who believe their faculty accept the value and legitimacy of online education has not increased – it now stands at only 30.2 percent.
- The proportion of chief academic leaders who say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy is at a new high of 69.1 percent.
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 complete survey report, “Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States” is available at http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/survey/changing_course_2012
Here’s a snip from a great post on Nancy Dixon’s, Conversation Matters blog.
“First, I fully support on-line forums. I have had the opportunity to set up on-line forums in many organizations; I co-authored a book about CompanyCommand which is one of the best on-line forums around; and I encourage organizations to make use of on-line forums every chance I get. In my opinion on-line forums are the gold standard of knowledge sharing.
My concerns are related to what I observe happening in many on-line discussion forums. I observe that a member asks a question and then various other members provide an answer. But there is little back and forth among the members. Rather, each responder simply makes a declarative statement that represents his or her own position. Responders may not have even read others’ answers before stating their own position.” Read the full piece here.
Here is an interesting infographic from onlinegraduateprograms.com. Do you suppose that an expectation of instant results also affect peoples’ decision to stick with causes or initiatives that require long-term commitment? Do you have any examples to share?
Created by: OnlineGraduatePrograms.com
“The Civic and Political Significance of Online Participatory Cultures and Youth Transitioning to Adulthood”
Joseph Kahne – Mills College, Nam-Jin Lee – College of Charleston, Jessica Timpany Feezell – UC Santa Barbara
Digital Media and Learning Central http://dmlcentral.net/resources/4422
64 percent of the 3000 college students and newly employed college grads who were surveyed in the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, said that the Internet is more important to them than cars, dating, going out with friends, or listening to music. This has important implications for higher education.
According to Renee Patton of Cisco, “If we can’t find ways to engage students in the learning process, we’ll lose them. So if students are using Facebook in lecture halls, rather than being upset about it, we can view it as an opportunity. The larger question is, how can we take advantage of tools like social networking, lecture capture, and virtual field trips to engage students?” READ MORE