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Web-based learning sees million-student increase

April 1, 2011 by Jacob Hawley
Posted in: Academics, In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Tech News

Here’s more proof that the future of higher learning will be found online. 

Approximately 5.6 million students participated in at least one web-based course in the fall of 2009, according to the Sloan Survey of Online Learning. That’s a 1 million increase from the previous year. Nearly 30% of students take at least one course online.

Schools nationwide are reporting record enrollment in online programs – likely due to both the expansion of online degree programs and improved recruiting and retention practices.

But this growth could slow. The survey sites potential negative impacts such as budget woes at public schools and more federal rules placed on private for-profit colleges.

Other findings:

  • Nearly 2/3 of for-profit schools say online learning is a critical part of their long-term strategy
  • Almost half of schools report the economic downturn has increased demand for face-to-face courses and programs, and
  • ¾ of schools report the economic downturn has increased demand for online courses and programs.

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