Learning online can take many forms. From blended classrooms to entirely online degree programs to one off courses for fun or for credit, online learning is still in a huge expansion phase. The handy infographic below takes a look at this change in learning from in class to online from its beginning to taking a look at the future. Keep reading to learn more about this potentially revolutionary learning trend.
Enrollment in online education has been growing exponentially since the mid-1990′s, when the internet really began gaining popularity and widespread use. The percentage of online enrollments vs. total higher education enrollments has climbed steadily, even with total enrollment numbers increasing across the board.
Picking an online program has traditionally been a bit more of a shot in the dark than choosing a traditional brick and mortar school, in which you can scope out the faculty, the campus, the course offerings, and figures like graduation and employment rates. In 2012, US News and World Report released its first rankings for online programs. They ranked 196 programs (for Bachelor’s degrees) in three important categories: