Online courses are the biggest thing to happen to education since the invention of happy banana erasers. But, how have online courses changed the higher education industry?
Among the many other perks, online classes have made obtaining a degree more accessible and convenient. Prior to online courses, the “college experience” consisted of getting up early, driving to school, dealing with random inconveniences ranging from ‘Crap, I forgot my scantrons’ to ‘I didn’t know that was due today!’, and so on. With online courses, there’s no daily commute, your schedule is more flexible, AND you can attend classes in your underoos (if you so desire).
Online courses are not only excellent for students; colleges and universities are also reaping the benefits. Many higher education institutions have seen an increase in enrollment due to online courses. According to a study released in January 2013 by the Babson Group, over one-third of college students are enrolled in at least one online course.
High schoolers also play a part in the rise of college enrollment. More high school aged students are enrolling in online courses to get a head-start on their future careers. Taking classes early on also provides students with a smoother transition from their mundane high school existence to the speedy pace of college life.
There you have have it: Online courses are convenient, accessible to almost anyone, and helping to boost college enrollment. With technology continually advancing, it’s difficult to predict how higher education will have evolved in future. Check out the infographic below to learn other ways higher education has evolved over time.
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Source: Western Governors University