23 Designing for Awareness

Purposeful Interactions in the Next Generation of Distance Education

Jennifer A. Maddrell and Gary R. Morrison

1. Introduction

In the fall 2010 semester, an estimated 6.1 million college students, approximately 30% of all enrolled students in degree-granting U.S. higher education institutions, were taking an online course (Allen & Seaman, 2011). This increase represents a 10% growth in online course enrollment from the previous year and far exceeds the less than 1% increase in overall U.S. higher education enrollment over the same period (Allen & Seaman, 2011). With prestigious universities, such as Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford, recently announcing online courses targeting thousands of ...

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