Online education has carved out a critical place in our higher education system. It has changed the way students learn, added new channels for collaboration and engagement, and opened up opportunities for students who otherwise may not have been able to pursue degrees.
EdTech Digest recently published an infographic highlighting the past, present, and future of online learning. From its roots in distance education dating back as far as the 1700’s, to its contributions supporting campus-based instruction at most colleges and universities today, the infographic is chalk full of interesting facts about online learning that will get you thinking about its evolution and its role in our rapidly advancing higher education landscape.
Did You Know?
- 21.1 million students are enrolled exclusively in online colleges.
- 46% of students say their biggest motivation for enrolling in an online course was to advance their current career.
- 70% of virtual learners are female.
- 60% of students taking an online course are employed full time.
- 37% of students say they enrolled because of accelerated courses, which fast-tracks students to a degree.
- Business Administration/Management is the most popular field of online study, followed by Accounting, IT, and Criminal Justice.
- Online education is growing in popularity within the K-12 market too – 29 states and Washington DC have statewide, full time online schools operating in 2013-2014.
- 5 states require online learning for high school graduation.
- There are 50,000 monthly searches using the key words “Online Universities.”
Online education has and continues to transform the education process, as is evidence by these facts, and specifically the number of students pursuing this model of learning. It’s good to be in the know.