Online education is quickly becoming the new form of learning. In the past ten years, online courses and programs have increasingly been developed and are continuously progressing in traditional and innovative academic programs alike. Based on Babson’s Survey Research, it has been shown that the mindset of many top educators is moving towards acknowledging online courses as the wave of the future.
In 2003, Babson performed a study and slightly more than half of academic leaders agreed that online education was equal or superior to in-person classes. In less than a decade, more than three-quarters, 77%, began acknowledging the benefits of online learning. In fact, nearly 7 in 10 academic leaders concurred that including online learning is an integral part of their future plans.
Already, more than 7 in 10 colleges are equipped with full academic programs online. Private nonprofit colleges have embraced online education with almost half offering fully online programs. This mode of learning is the new trend endorsed by academic leaders and students.
More than 6.7 million, or a third, of students in postsecondary education took an online course in fall 2011. Even as enrollment in universities fell in 2011, students enrolled in online courses continued to increase. From these statistics, it shows that students endorse online learning as a successful mode of learning compatible to their learning styles and needs.
Online education is steadily increasing in popularity and endorsement for those providing and those receiving post-secondary education. As Babson has been studying and analyzing over the years, despite the hesitations of initial critics, they have found that support is increasing for online learning, which seems to be successful and persisting. Overall, those in education have begun to recognize online courses as beneficial and worthy as a means of education.
UoPeople is extremely pleased with this growing trend and support. We recognize online education as having huge benefits for traditional students, along with those who are constrained financially, physically, and geographically. This form of education allows accessibility to learning and is the great equalizer for all who desire education. Online education is an improved mode of learning that will allow those all over the world to benefit from education, reach their dreams, and change the world. With time and great effort, online education is finally becoming recognized as the gem that it is.