The History Of Online Education

Many of us remember back when online learning wasn’t yet a ‘thing’. Back when classes happened almost exclusively in a classroom, and the internet was something we snuck downstairs to use when our parents were asleep (if the dial-up modem didn’t wake them up).

For the most part, the people that we hear from think that online education was a pretty recent creation – definitely a child of Generation Z. Which for many people seems pretty reasonable, since that is when they most likely became aware of it. But is that actually how it happened? Check out the infographic below to see the history of online education as it actually happened instead of how you remember it!


  1. Michelle

    October 28, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Your infographic is missing a huge swath of online education: interactive video. Yes, it was online, and yes we taught interactive video classes at state community colleges in the early1990s. I know because I taught them At Western Nevada Community college during that time.

  2. RiaanP

    October 29, 2012 at 7:59 am

    It would have been nice to see mention of the smartboard/promethean somewhere in there. In the late 1990’s and very early 2000’s it was huge and I know it’s still widely in use. Oh, and a list of references too. :) Perhaps it should have been titled: “An extremely brief history of online education.”