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The PhilOnEdTech blog covers EdTech in higher education - focusing on online education, learning platforms, and digital content. In this day and age of COVID-19 mass migrations to online learning, listen to Phil and his guest authors as they provide analysis on the trends affecting higher education.

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The PhilOnEdTech blog covers EdTech in higher education - focusing on online education, learning platforms, and digital content. In this day and age of COVID-19 mass migrations to online learning, listen to Phil and his guest authors as they provide analysis on the trends affecting higher education.

    Moodle’s Dispute with LTG and its Growing Suite of Former Moodle Partners (podcast)

    Moodle’s Dispute with LTG and its Growing Suite of Former Moodle Partners (podcast)

    Two weeks ago the long-simmering dispute between Moodle HQ and Learning Technologies Group (LTG), owner of three former Moodle Partners, reached its end point. The short description is that Moodle HQ has terminated the Moodle Partner contracts of eCreators and eThink, two companies acquired by LTG over the past year, and has also decided that eThink can no longer sell Moodle Workplace. Beyond the open source implications, this disagreement is important to understand in terms of its effect on the LMS market.







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    NSC: Community College switching issue does not apply to Fall 2020 enrollment reporting (podcast)

    NSC: Community College switching issue does not apply to Fall 2020 enrollment reporting (podcast)

    Two days ago I reported that the majority of the reported enrollment declines for community colleges over the past decade (and in particular 2015 – 2019) comes from an accounting classification issue and not just from fewer students. At the end I pointed out that it is unclear if the pandemic-reporting from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) includes this sector-switching factor.







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    Majority of Reported Community College Enrollment Declines Due to Sector Changes (podcast)

    Majority of Reported Community College Enrollment Declines Due to Sector Changes (podcast)

    One of the defining features of US higher education enrollment coverage in the media over the past few years has been the plight of community colleges. During the pandemic, much of the reporting was based on the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) data showing prior year estimates in Fall 2020 that the “undergraduate student numbers are down in all institutional sectors, with the largest drop occurring in community colleges (9.5%)”. That report leads to “Why students are abandoning community colleges in droves” and “Enrollment at US community colleges plummets amid pandemic”, among other headlines. It turns out, however, that the majority of reported community college enrollment declines are mislabeled, or at least are based on an artificial category change. Prodded by an astute email observation and suggestion from Jonathan Grudin from Microsoft, I decided to explore the data further. Looking at IPEDS Fall Enrollment data from 2012 through 2019, roughly half of the reported enrollment declines have come from community colleges adding bachelor degree options, changing their names, and reclassifying from public 2-year to public 4-year schools. The same schools, with primarily the same programs and policies, are getting counted in different categories and artificially impacting the reporting on enrollment trends.







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    IPEDS Fall 2019: Largest Institutions by Online Enrollments In US With Trends Since 2012 (podcast)

    IPEDS Fall 2019: Largest Institutions by Online Enrollments In US With Trends Since 2012 (podcast)

    Earlier this week I shared a profile of US online education enrollment based on the new IPEDS Fall Enrollment 2019 data set – the final pre-pandemic national distance education (DE) profile. I then shared a view DE enrollment trends in this post. In this final(?) post on the new data, let’s look at the institutions with the top online enrollments along with some of the trends.







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    US Higher Education Enrollment Trends by Distance Education Type, 2012-2019 (podcast)

    US Higher Education Enrollment Trends by Distance Education Type, 2012-2019 (podcast)

    Earlier this week I shared a profile of US online education enrollment based on the new IPEDS Fall 2019 data set – the final pre-pandemic national distance education (DE) profile. To put the numbers in context, we should look at the trends since IPEDS started tracking online enrollment in Fall 2012.







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    Fall 2019 IPEDS Data: Final Pre-Pandemic Profile of US Higher Ed Online Education (podcast)

    Fall 2019 IPEDS Data: Final Pre-Pandemic Profile of US Higher Ed Online Education (podcast)

    The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) and its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) provide the most official data on colleges and universities in the United States. I have been analyzing and sharing the data since the inaugural Fall 2012 dataset, and the Fall 2019 data were just released. This is significant in that it is the last pre-pandemic data set to be released – Fall 2020 should be fascinating but largely driven by institutional reactions to the pandemic.







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