Online learning environments—on campus or at a distance—and the policy issues that affect them have come to the forefront of higher education. As policy-makers consider how to dramatically increase the percentage of the population with a postsecondary degree or credential within significant, long-term resource constraints, online and blended learning options dominate the discourse. And rapid enrollment growth in e-learning courses and programs signals that students and the public at large also see online and blended options as increasingly attractive.
Colorado Technical University began piloting courses with adaptive learning in early 2012, launching its adaptive learning platform, intellipath. The increases in student success markers like grades, retention, and engagement justify their new path.