The study, which was launched in November 2014, presents and analyses the results of a survey conducted by EUA between October and December 2013 which gathered 249 answers from higher education institutions from across Europe.
The goal of the survey was to map European university capacities for e-learning and assess perceptions regarding its general impact on learning and teaching.
The survey asked about the type of e-learning institutions use, their experiences in this area and their expectations. It considered blended and online learning in various formats. Given the strong interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a large section of the report is also dedicated to this issue. The survey also posed questions regarding support structures and services, intra-institutional coordination, quality assurance and recognition.
The results of the survey showed that the vast majority of institutions offer blended learning and online learning courses (91% and 82% respectively). Less frequent, but seemingly also on the rise, were other forms of provision such as joint inter-institutional collaboration and online degree courses. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveyed institutions said they already had an institution-wide strategy (for e-learning) in place, and one fourth were preparing one.
The survey also demonstrated for example that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are still of high and seemingly growing interest at European universities. At the time of the survey at the end of 2013, only 31 of the responding institutions (12% of the sample), offered MOOCs or were just about to launch them. But almost half of the institutions that did not offer MOOCs indicated their intention to introduce them.
The study results will be used by EUA in the European higher education policy debate, with regard to the EC Communication on “Opening up education” (September 2013) and the ongoing discussion on teaching and learning in the Bologna Process. EUA will also use them to devise measures for supporting and providing networking opportunities for higher education institutions committed to or interested in the topic.
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