Online Learning Has Become Mainstream
Online Education has come from being an afterthought to the mainstream in just a few short years. Check out these statistics.
One out of three students takes at least one online class.
One out of six students take all their courses online and earn a degree remotely.
This trend of people choosing to take classes, courses or get degrees online is expected to grow more now that it has become normalized to take courses online.
How Online Education Started
If you are my age, you remember when there was no internet. During those years if we did not want to attend a traditional college, you took what was called remote education correspondence courses through the mail.
As the internet became more accepted in the 1990s, classes and courses started online. It was the beginning of the modernization of the correspondence mail courses.
Around the early 2000s was when universities began to see the benefits of online education and how it was a win-win for all involved. It was then that online learning began to increase in popularity.
For-Profit Or Non-Profit
Online learning started with for-profit companies or schools that made money with tuition costs. It was basically like you were buying a product from a company. Brick and mortar colleges, in order to compete, started offering online classes and courses. They were more traditional in structure than for-profit classes. And always cheaper as they are not for profit.
Statistics show us that public and non-profit colleges offer fewer classes online than for-profit institutions. The statistics also tell us that many more people enroll in non-profit programs. It may be because they are with universities that are familiar with and feel more secure.
Mixed Between Traditional School and Online
Many of the for-profit online schools have begun to adapt and now offer physical locations as well. They realized that the most thriving online programs almost all have physical locations as well as online learning.
That is not to say that a physical location is needed, but it is just a way for strictly online institutions to keep up with this growing trend. As we see today, schools like Harvard, MIT, Stanford all offer online courses where you never have to attend a class.
This is a great time if you are looking to start your education, continue after a break in your education, take classes for a promotion, or start a new career. As online education expands, it allows you to pick and choose the right situation where you feel comfortable