Friday, May 20, 2011

LabSim Engages Community College Students in Blended IT Courses

Distance education continues to see growth, according to a newly released survey conducted by the Instructional Technology Council (ITC). According to ITC’s report, distance education in the form of online courses offers “the most efficient, effective way to respond to increasing student enrollments.” Community colleges reported an 8 percent increase in overall enrollments in the 2009-10 school year and a 9 percent increase in distance education enrollments.

Blended or hybrid courses—courses that combine both in-person and online instruction, such as courses that utilize LabSim—experienced growth at an even higher rate. In the report of the 2008-2009 school year, 15 percent of community colleges reported that they offer blended courses. In the 2009-2010 report, that number had risen to 21 percent.

While just 75% of community college students complete traditional courses with face-to-face instruction, an even lower number reportedly complete online courses: 69%.

IT students at community colleges are some of the most avid users of TestOut’s LabSim certification training courses, a solution used in both online and blended courses. With TestOut’s LabSim training, many community college students prepare for IT certification and gain the credentials needed for an IT career. The hands-on components of LabSim engage students of all ages and work toward better completion rates in IT courses. Further, the reporting built into LabSim courses allows instructors to track students’ progress in the course.

For example, Allen Luck, a graduate of Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, said that his training with LabSim as a community college student worked well with the flexibility he needed in college and gave him practical, hands-on learning that led directly to his college internship and eventual full-time position after graduation.

Have you experienced greater completion rates in your community college courses since utilizing LabSim training? Send us an email or leave a comment to share your experience.

No comments:

Post a Comment