Online education has been receiving significant attention in the United States. The explosive growth of this segment of education, even during a recession, is nothing short of spectacular. It clearly indicates to the world that there is a fundamental
shift in how Americans are being educated after high school. The flexibility, lower cost and variety of choice are just a few reasons about why online education has become an essential component of today’s education system.
Degree Scout published an infographic that gives you a better idea of the scope, impact, and future of online education. The following are a few important things I’d like to bring to your notice.
Types of Online Education:
Online education: It’s a course where most (80+) or all of the content is delivered online. They typically have no face-to-face learning.
Web Facilitated: 30-79% of content delivered online.
Blended/Hybrid: 1-29% of content delivered online.
Traditional: Course in which no online technology is used. Content is delivered in writing or orally.
Size of Online Education:
96% of traditional universities offer at least one online-only class.
17% growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 1.2% growth of the overall higher education student population.
Over 4.6 Millions of students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2008 term.
More than 50000 searches are done each month for the key word “Online Universities”.
In addition to the above mentioned, the infographic also includes many more surprising facts. Here is the infographic. The infographic originally appeared here .