Scientists and executives at the world’s largest universities have talked for years about the potential of e-learning to create new and better forms of education – but before 2020 the evidence of that optimism was pretty little.
A study early in 2019 came to the conclusion Online education could not reduce costs or improve results for students. Additional surveys showed that the number of students using online learning internationally is modest and, worse, is often declining.
The lack of progress was so great that Richard Garrett, director of the Observatory for Boundless Higher Education, asked in a paper: ‘What happened to the promise of online learning? ‘….