The value of knowledge is immense in the contemporary time. And it’ll continue to remain essential for centuries to come. Till teenage students take education for academic achievement. Then they take higher learning aiming the vocation. And during the job, people take further education for skill and knowledge update. While throughout our life we learn, it becomes challenging for many of us to go back to campus and learn. But in the past few years much have changed with online distance learning. Online learning has allowed students and professionals to access education from the remote location with PC, laptop, smartphones and other mobile devices with internet access. The virtual classroom has transformed the learning process and methods. The flexibility and advantages of online learning have allowed many to re-engage to study which previously was not easy. Thanks to online courses now all can access any learning programme they need to build skill and acquire knowledge. The comprehensive study at online comes at very affordable cost besides there are Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) which are free. However, at MOOC students can pay the nominal fee for test and credentials. These benefits have allowed e-learning to grow and emerge as the popular tool for knowledge. Let’s refer to some of the data and figures that show how online education has grown.
The Expansion Of Online Learning- Report
Online learning has registered impressive growth over past few years. Top colleges, universities and other education institutes have started their online learning programmes where students have enrolled significantly. A 2015 survey has revealed interesting findings of e-learning. The survey was conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group. It collaborated with Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Wireless Communications Engineering Technologies Certification (WCET), Pearson, Tyton Partners and StudyPortals. Babson survey has received extra statistics from the national Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. The findings are:
- The public educational institutes were the leader of the online learning courses. Via e-learning it provided 72.7% of the undergraduate. Students comprising 38.2% took graduate courses through e-learning from public institutes.
- In 2014, there was growth registered in the number of the students enrolled to online learning. It grew from 3.7 percent to 3.9 percent.
- For the 2014 academic year, out of the 5.8 million online learners, 2.97 students took some learning at online. The rest of the 2.8 million students engage in learning the course programme entirely via online.
- About 28 percent of the students that is 1 in every 4 students engaged in one e-learning programmes.
The New Trend
There are numbers of learning courses offered at online distance education platform. From the report there clear indication that students are predominantly registering with e-learning courses with non-profitable private institutes. According to the revelation of the survey, non-profit private institutions registered growth by 11.3%. On the contrary, profit making institutions recorded dip of 2.8%.
Russell Poulin, Director of Policy & Analysis at WCET says, “Between 2012 and 2014, students taking all of their courses at a distance grew by 33 percent for non-profits. They were only a few hundred students away from passing the for-profit sector for having the second most number of enrolments. Public colleges still lead the way, by far.”
Walking To The Future
From the report it’s evident that online learning is set to be the most effective platform for acquiring and updating knowledge and skill. And one positive development that has happened in the recent past that the course learning via online is recognised by the top universities and also the organisations worldwide. Being the most advanced system of learning, online distance education is no doubt the future of education in the new age.
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